Police To Drivers: Move Over For Emergency Vehicles

September 4th, 2018
  • Police To Drivers: Move Over For Emergency Vehicles

    A reminder today to drivers to adhere to the province’s “Move Over” laws.

    Drivers must give space to emergency vehicles on the highway and reduce their speeds.

    Constable Nancy Howell of RCMP Traffic Services in Gander says officers have noted that many people are not abiding by the law.

    She says drivers are required to move over, and reduce their speeds to at lease 30 km/h below the posted speed limit when they encounter emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

    Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle with activated lights and sirens, the driver of a vehicle must:

    The RCMP says the proper course of action is to:

    • yield the right-of-way to the emergency vehicle
    • immediately pull over to the right-hand side parallel to the road, clear of an intersection
    • stop and remain in that position until the emergency vehicle has passed.

    Failure to comply with the move-over laws carries a $390 fine for a first-time offence and two demerit points.

    According to Service NL, designated vehicles include police, fire, ambulance, search and rescue, tow truck/roadside assistance, municipal, provincial or federal enforcement, public utility vehicles and/or service vehicles.

    View further information on the “Move Over” law at Service NL’s website:



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    Posted on September 4th, 2018