Slow Down, Move Over

It's the Law!

CAA believes that everyone deserves the space to do their jobs safely. On the road, this includes emergency responders and service vehicle operators working to help others to safety. That’s why we encourage all Atlantic Canadians to believe in the importance of slowing down and moving over to create a safe work environment for those at work on the side of the road.

What can I do to help?

When approaching an emergency or service vehicle, slow down or stop and where possible, move over into a different lane.  Not only is it the smart and safe choice, but many provinces have variations of “move over” legislation.

Consequences vary by province, but in all cases, not respecting these laws will result in changes in demerit points and fines. Read up on the legislation requirements in your province:

  • New Brunswick:  Drivers approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with at least one flashing light, must slow down, proceed with caution and move to a non-adjacent lane, if possible. (Motor Vehicle Act 168.1)
  • Newfoundland & Labarador: Upon approaching an emergency vehicle- including a tow truck- that is stopped on a highway with its emergency lights on, drivers must slow down and proceed with caution, and move to another lane if it is safe to do so. (Highway Traffic Act 121.1)
  • Nova Scotia: Drivers passing an emergency vehicle with flashing lights must slow down to or 60 km/h or follow the posted speed limit (whichever is less), and must vacate the lane closest to the stopped vehicle, if it’s safe to do so. (Motor Vehicle Act 106E)
  • Prince Edward Island: Drivers passing a stopped vehicle with flashing lights must decrease their speed to at least half the posted speed limit, and must vacate the lane closest to the stopped vehicle, if it’s safe to do so. (Highway Traffic Act 115.1)