DRIV­ERS TOLD TO SLOW DOWN NEAR ROAD­SIDE STOPS

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SLOW down and move over when ap­proach­ing po­lice at a road­side traf­fic stop — it can mean the dif­fer­ence between life or death, Man­i­toba RCMP warn.

Po­lice at­tempted to drive home the mes­sage Thurs­day with a sim­u­la­tion on Rosser Road, just east of Cen­trePort Canada Way in Win­nipeg. The event show­cased the safe way to pass an emer­gency ve­hi­cle on the side of the road and to ex­pe­ri­ence what an of­fi­cer sees when a car comes close to them at high­way speeds while they are out­side of their ve­hi­cle.

“We do all we can to keep of­fi­cers safe when they are con­duct­ing traf­fic stops,” Insp. Ed More­land of Man­i­toba RCMP traf­fic ser­vices said in a news re­lease. “Our of­fi­cers are trained to park par­tially over­lapped with the stopped ve­hi­cle in or­der to cre­ate a safety pocket. This is done so that the po­lice car will be hit be­fore an of­fi­cer is.

“How­ever, with the high speeds mo­torists are trav­el­ling, of­fi­cers do get hit, and the re­sults can be tragic.”

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, when a per­son is struck by a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling 80 kilo­me­tres per hour, there is al­most no chance of sur­vival. At 45 km/h, a per­son has a 50 per cent chance of sur­vival; at 30 km/h, there is a 90 per cent chance.

The “slow down, move over” law came into ef­fect un­der the High­way Traf­fic Act in 2011. It car­ries a $299 fine and two driver safety rat­ing points for an in­frac­tion.

If the speed limit is 80 km/h or more, driv­ers must slow to 60 km/h. If the speed limit is 79 km/h or lower, they must slow to 40 km/h. On a two-way high­way, mo­torists must wait and only pass the emer­gency ve­hi­cle when it is safe to do so. If it is a high­way with two or more lanes in the same di­rec­tion, mo­torists must move to the far lane.

RCMP have charged more than 400 peo­ple un­der the leg­is­la­tion so far this year. and ar­rested a sus­pect.

Of­fi­cers learned that the sus­pect had con­fronted a man who was not known to him. The con­fronta­tion es­ca­lated and the sus­pect al­legedly pulled out what ap­peared to be a hand­gun and pointed it at the vic­tim. Af­ter the con­fronta­tion, the sus­pect al­legedly tossed the firearm onto the lower roof of HSC.

The weapon was lo­cated and found to be an im­i­ta­tion, mod­i­fied firearm. Gre­gory Charles Klyne, 32, of Win­nipeg was charged with pos­ses­sion of a weapon. He was de­tained in cus­tody.

RUTH BON­NEVILLE / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

RCMP sim­u­late a near-col­li­sion between a ve­hi­cle and an ‘of­fi­cer’ on Rosser Road on Thurs­day.

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