Drivers need to be aware that in this province we now have a “move over law”. This law came into effect on March 10, 2014.
Most drivers are aware that the existing law asks us to pull over to the side or otherwise yield the right-of-way when an emergency vehicle approaches with lights flashing or sirens. To this, the move over law adds that drivers must slow down and move over when approaching an emergency vehicle that is stopped in a lane, or on the edge or shoulder of the roadway. The object is to create a buffer zone around the emergency vehicle by decreasing speed and adding distance.
So to use a common example, if a police car with lights flashing has someone pulled over on the shoulder of the road, drivers must pass by in the oncoming lane when safe to do so (if the highway is two laned), or pass the emergency vehicle in the inside passing lane if the highway is divided.
The object of the move over law is to increase everyone’s safety on the highways, particularly the safety of emergency workers, by reducing their risk of being hit by a vehicle.