EDMONTON, Alta. – Alberta is now enforcing a new law requiring vehicles to slow down when passing emergency vehicles and tow trucks.
The new law doubles the fines for drivers who fail to slow down to 60 km/h or less – depending on the posted speed limit – when driving past roadside emergency vehicles.
“Every year, emergency and construction workers are injured and sometimes killed on Alberta’s roads and highways – and for every one of those incidents, there are probably at least as many near-misses,” said Dr. Lyle Oberg, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation.
“This new law will protect these people who put themselves in harm’s way for our benefit.”
Drivers must also pay closer attention to speed limits in construction zones under the new law, as fines will also be doubled for speeding past construction workers.
“We expect that this new law and stiff fines will deter people from speeding in these areas,” said Richard Magnus, MLA for Calgary-North Hill, who sponsored the new law.
“This is all about slowing down for the safety of all workers. These people are trying to save other people’s lives while looking out for their own safety. We should be looking out for their safety as well.”
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