Burnaby, British Columbia – A new “Slow Down, Move Over” regulation has brought welcome relief to many emergency roadside providers, including the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA), which has actively advocated for safety regulations on behalf of its Road Assist employees.

Up until now, B.C. has only had laws for driving in construction zones, with none to protect emergency roadside personnel.

“We applaud government for listening and introducing these new measures,” said Ken Cousin, BCAA Road Assist director. “Speeding and inattention are major issues on our roads and highways, and emergency workers deserve all the protection we can give them. Slowing down and moving over will create better response times for drivers to deal with unexpected roadside activity, and more importantly, save lives.”

The new law requires drivers to slow down to 70 km/h if on a highway with a speed of 80 km/h or greater, to slow down to 40 km/h if on a road or highway with a speed limit of less than 80 km/h. Additionally, drivers are required to move into another lane of traffic if it is safe to do so. For more information about the new law, visit BCGoverment.

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