Manitoba motorists aren’t getting the message to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.
RCMP say 90 percent of motorists don’t slow down, which could land you a $300 fine and two demerits.
“Our officers know that policing is a dangerous and unpredictable job, but they should not have to worry about ordinary citizens just driving their vehicles,” said Manitoba RCMP Sgt. Bert Paquet. “When you see a police or emergency vehicle with lights flashing, slow down and give them room.”
Under an amendment to the Highway Traffic Act passed in September 2014, drivers must slow to the following speeds:
- 40 km/h on highways with posted maximum speed limits below 80 km/h; and
- 60 km/h on highways with posted maximum speed limits of 80 km/h.
“In reality, we’re only asking drivers to delay their travels by one minute.” Paquet adds. “The first responders you see on the roadside might be helping someone you love.”