DRIVERS TOLD TO SLOW DOWN NEAR ROADSIDE STOPS
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.
RCMP simulate a near-collision between a vehicle and an ‘officer’ on Rosser Road on Thursday.