‘Slow Down, Move Over’ Saves Lives

May 8, 2024 | CAA Niagara


‘Slow Down, Move Over’ Saves Lives

Every day, roadside workers put themselves at risk to keep our roads safe and clear. From emergency services to tow truck drivers, these workers deserve our respect and protection.

In Ontario, ‘Slow Down, Move Over’ legislation is in place to help ensure the safety of these essential workers. When you see an emergency vehicle or tow truck with flashing lights on the side of the road, the law requires you to slow down and proceed with caution, moving over a lane if it is safe to do so.

The Importance of Slowing Down and Moving Over

Imagine yourself working alongside a busy highway, constantly aware of the whoosh of traffic and the potential danger it poses. This is the everyday reality for our Roadside Heroes who often find themselves in unpredictable situations, working mere feet from speeding traffic without the basic safety of walls and barriers.

That's where you, the driver passing as they work, comes in. You are an active participant in their safety. By slowing down and moving over you are reducing the risk of accidents and allowing roadside workers to focus on their tasks without the constant fear of oncoming traffic. Remember, everyone deserves a safe place to work, and by practicing ‘Slow Down, Move Over’ you're helping to ensure everyone returns home safely at the end of the day.

How To Pass Safely

Flashing lights on the road ahead? Don't be confused. CLICK HERE for a helpful guide on what to do when you see a vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road.

Slow Down, Move Over. It's a simple act, but one that can be the difference between life and death.

What You Need to Know About the Move Over Law

The Move Over Law is outlined in Section 159 (2,3) of the Highway Traffic Act.

The first offence for motorists who have failed to comply with this law can receive a fine of $400 to $2,000; three demerit points upon conviction; and a possible suspension of driver’s license for up to 2 years.

Subsequent offences can result in a fine of $1,000 to $4,000; three demerit points upon conviction; possible jail time (up to six months); and possible suspension of license for up to 2 years. This applies within a five-year period of the first offence.

To learn more on CAA Niagara’s road safety initiatives, click here.

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