Penalty passes into law

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

DRIV­ERS who fail to slow down when pass­ing road­side emer­gency work­ers could pocket a $300 penalty and three de­merit points from now on.

The Slow Down, Move Over, or SLOMO rule, be­came law last week, re­quir­ing driv­ers to re­duce speed to a max­i­mum of 40km/h when pass­ing road­side emer­gency in­ci­dents.

Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said the rule ap­plied when pass­ing po­lice, fire, am­bu­lance, in­ci­dent re­sponse and road­side as­sis­tance ve­hi­cles.

She said speed played a crit­i­cal role in the abil­ity of driv­ers to stop.

“Put sim­ply, the faster you go, the longer it takes to stop. Our emer­gency work­ers are there to help and they de­serve our re­spect and pro­tec­tion,” she said.

“Not only does this law ful­fil an elec­tion com­mit­ment, it brings WA in line with other states around the coun­try.”

Drive Safe Aus­tralia said the av­er­age fam­ily car re­quired about 45m to come to a com­plete stop when trav­el­ling at 60km/h.

Pic­ture: Justin Bian­chini

Cars now have to slow down when pass­ing an in­ci­dent.

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