Car­bon­ear Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment erects new sign to pro­mote move-over law

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS THE COM­PASS editor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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