Praise for WA emergency slow down laws

A 40 km/h limit when passing emergency vehicles has impressed in NSW

Praise for WA emergency slow down laws
WA drivers must now slow down to 40 km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles


All drivers in Western Australia must now slow down to 40 kilometres per hour when passing roadside emergency workers, and representative groups in NSW are urging the state to follow suit.

NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA) president Ken Middleton has called on the NSW government to introduce laws requiring drivers to slow down to 40km/h when passing emergency services vehicles.

The call comes after WA introduced its Slow Down, Move Over (SLOMO) laws on March 2, requiring drivers in the state to slow down when passing stationary emergency vehicles with lights activated on the roadside.

These vehicles include police cars, Fire and Emergency Services vehicles, ambulances, roadside assistance, tow trucks and Main Roads Western Australia incident response vehicles that are responding to any roadside emergency across the State.

The penalty for not slowing down is $300 and three demerit points.

WA road safety minister Michelle Roberts said that emergency workers deserved respect and protection.

"Not only does this law fulfil an election commitment, it brings Western Australia in line with other States around the country," Roberts says.

Drivers in Victoria must travel no faster than 40km/h when approaching and passing law enforcement and other emergency vehicles with flashing lights or an alarm sounding that have stopped or are moving slowly.

In SA the law is even tougher, requiring drivers to travel no faster than 25km/h when going through an emergency services speed zone near an ambulance or a vehicle used by police, fire services or the State Emergency Services.

In NSW, Middleton saysthe RFSA had been campaigning for a 40 km/h per hour law for some time.

"This should be an extremely straightforward process – these laws protect emergency services, make our roads safer and are already in force across half of the country," he adds.

"The message from the WA Government is clear and correct: we must look after those who look after us."


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