Published on July 24, 2013
A pickup truck sits atop a tow truck at the scene of an accident on Trans-Canada Highway west of Flat Bay in this July 2013 photo. A provincial government paint crew worker was killed and three people were injured in the accident. — TC Media file photo
Published on July 07, 2011
A police cruiser blocks a lane of the Outer Ring Road in July 2011, following a fatal accident. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram
A new law under the province's Highway Traffic Act will come into effect Monday to protect emergency personnel and other highway workers.
It will require motorists to stop or slow to a reasonable speed and give a wide berth to those working by the side of the road.
In a news release this morning, Dan Crummell, minister of Service Newfoundland and Labrador, said motorists will now be required to “move over” when approaching stopped emergency, enforcement or other designated vehicles.
“We are pleased to see the ‘move over’ legislation come into effect for the safety of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. By slowing down and moving over we can ensure that workers can perform their duties more safely and reduce the risk of anyone getting injured or worse by a vehicle,” the minister said.
This new law is in addition to the existing law that requires drivers to pull over to the side or otherwise yield the right of way when an emergency vehicle is approaching with lights and sirens activated. Motorists will now be expected to create a buffer lane by slowing down and putting as much distance as possible between their vehicles and a designated stopped vehicle.
Designated vehicles which require a wide berth under the new laws must be operating flashing red, blue or amber lights or have other traffic warning signals. Designated vehicles can include:
· Emergency and enforcement vehicles;
· Tow trucks or other roadside assistance vehicles;
· Search and rescue vehicles;
· Public utility vehicles;
· Municipal, provincial or federal enforcement or service vehicles.
More information on the new law can be found online at www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/moveoverlaw/