What the RCMP Wants You to Know About the Slow Down Move Over Law

Slow Down Move Over Enforcement

The BC RCMP recently confirmed the Slow Down Move Over rule is being ignored by many drivers.

A series of near misses and collisions with roadside vehicles happened over the last few months. In response, RCMP Traffic Services members performed “Operation Shield” on Highway 1 in Surrey and Chilliwack on June 16, 2015. The results were not good.

Police officers issued 20 violation tickets, each coming with a $173 fine and 3 penalty points.

If it was safe to pull over multiple vehicles at once, several more violators would have been stopped and ticketed, according to Cpl. Ronda Rempel of BC RCMP Traffic Services.

“Officers observed numerous trucks failing to slow down to the 70 km/h and move over,” says Cpl. Rempel.

“With the sheer weight of these vehicles, a crash would most likely be fatal for the officer and the driver who was stopped. Drivers of passenger vehicles were also guilty of the same offence, some passing the fully marked police vehicle at speeds greater than 100 km/h.”

slow down move over explained

Like many rules of the road, the Slow Down Move Over law is based on common sense. These simple actions give the people on the roadside a buffer from traffic, minimizing their chance of being hit.

It really should be as automatic as signalling before a turn, or looking both ways before leaving a stop sign (or, dare we say, keeping right and letting others pass?).

So many jobs require workers to perform on or next to roads and highways. More than you may think. Here are a few:

·         Police ·         Park Rangers
·         Firefighters ·         Conservation Officers
·         Paramedics ·         Utility Workers
·         Tow Truck Operators ·         Land Surveyors
·         Highway Maintenance Workers ·         Animal Control Workers
·         Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement ·         Garbage Collectors

You probably know a few people who would fit somewhere above. Let’s help keep them safe by respecting a pretty simple rule of the road. As Cpl. Rempel says:

“Roadside workers need BC drivers to be the protectors now.”

Do you, or someone close to you, work roadside? What do you want drivers to keep in mind when approaching roadside vehicles with flashing blue, red or amber lights. Speak out in the comments section below.

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  1. I work for a towing company day in day out nobody slows down ive gotten to the point where I will block a lane completely so they have to slow down. Ive done this on hwy 1 several times now people are so ignorant that ive had cars lined up bebind my truck honking there horns. I want to go home to my family every night so im gonna do what I have to do even if it means inconvencing other drivers. The police can only do so much they cant be everywhere I dont know what the answer is but people need to smarten up before someone gets killed.

    • Peter
      You are just making it bad for all of the professionals working out on the roads every day!Blocking traffic is the last possible resort! For safety you want to keep traffic flowing so you don’t get congestion or road rage!If you can’t work safe find a new job!

      • I cant believe that someone would worry about traffic flow than the life of someone you obviously are one if those people that dont slow down for anybody! If you notice emergency vehicles block lanes all the time just because of idiot drivers im was taught to do this and will continue if you are inconvenienced by this too bad! We need to do what ontario just passed then maybe people will smarten up.

  2. heh they need to start major enforcement. I was given a strong horn blast and high beams the other day for moving to the left lane and slowing to 70 on highway 99 in south Surrey the other day. Police had someone pulled over on the right side shoulder. Drivers in this region are just in too much of a rush to drive within reason. Heck I even get passed like I’m sitting still on 16th Ave through Langley and Surrey. Almost like road rules be damned.

    • Hi Brad. Yes, when it’s possible to move over, you still also need to slow to 70km/h in an 80km/h or over zone, or 40 km/h in a zone under 80 km/h.

  3. RCMP need to setup vehicles with flashers on, and then set a trap a little past that spot with room to pull over lots of vehicles. You could probably get a video + radar setup that would record drivers in the lane closest to the drivers and their speed. The officer writing the ticket could use the video for evidence if the driver took it to court. Every car in the close lane over the 70km/h speed would get pulled over and ticketed.
    There’s lots of places this could be setup with lots of room to pull over lots of cars.

    • Thanks for the suggestions, Brian. We relayed your comment to Cpl. Ronda Rempel from RCMP Traffic Services (she is quoted in the post).

    • That would slightly unsafe for the officer on the road. Its actually against CVSE policy to do what youve suggested. No reason to put officers in damger to prove a point. Id rather see more enforcement in construction zones where this is routinely ignored.