Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department erects new sign to promote move-over law
The Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department has a message for residents of the community — move over.
Late last month, firefighters took down a sign on High Road North that celebrated their 175th anniversary. In its place, they erected a new sign that Fire Chief Brent Sweeney says shares an important message for people all over the province.
“Move to the right to save a life,” the sign says, referencing the move-over law, which makes it a requirement for drivers to pull over or change lanes to give law enforcement, ambulances, or firefighters a clear passage in the case of an emergency.
Sweeney told The Compass that residents of Carbonear and surrounding areas are fairly good for following the law, but it never hurts to take extra steps to help get the message across.
“People need to move over, like the law says,” said Sweeney. “If we’ve got somewhere we need to be — and the same goes for police and ambulances — we have to be there as quickly as possible, and we can’t do that if we’re trailing behind someone, or waiting to pass someone who doesn’t pull over.”
The law received Royal Assent in December of 2013 in the House of Assembly. Drivers who fail to pull over or otherwise make room for first responders can receive a fine ranging from $300 to $900, along with a penalty of four demerit points on their drivers licence.
Sweeney added that for now, the sign acts as a reminder to people that the law exists, and that the local brigade feels it’s a part of their duty to help spread important messages like these. In the future, Sweeney said the local brigade might replace the sign with another displaying an equally important message.
Members of the Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department standing in front of the new sign on High Road North. Pictured (from left) are 2nd Assistant Chief Keith Keough, Fire Chief Brent Sweeney and Assistant Chief Adam Earle.