RCMP Performed Educational Campaign on HWY 2 Near Leduc to Educate Drivers Rather than Ticket Them

The ‘Give us Room to Work’ campaign is about educating the general driving public.

LEDUC — Friday, July 29, the Alberta RCMP teamed up with the Alberta Motor Association (AMA) and organized a mock collision scene with a tow truck towing a vehicle on the side of the highway for the sole purpose of educating the public about the laws of moving over and/or slowing down to 60km/hr.

Too often, emergency personnel and tow truck operators risk their lives trying to do their jobs.

With this mock scene, rather than ticketing the individuals that they pull over for not sticking within the prior-mentioned safety laws, they simply educated them.

Without further ado, here’s the video:

They took the generous time to educate the public on the law rather than hand them a $114 to $702 ticket. Because of this, if you were one of the people that got pulled over, you will probably remember this law for the rest of your life.

Here’s a simplified version of this law:

If there is an emergency vehicle or tow truck on the shoulder of the road, you are to either slow your speed down to 60km/hr (or the posted speed limit if it is lower), or move over to the lane to the immediate left of your current position if it is safe to do so.

Anything above 60km/hr can garner you a ticket.

  • 1 – 15km over is 2 demerits and a $114 – $178 fine.
  • 16 – 30 km over is 3 demerits and a $206 – $354 fine.
  • 31 to 50 km over is 4 demerits and a $374 – $702 fine.
  • Anything above that is a mandatory court appearance.

This law became effective on October 31, 2005 — Nearly 11 years ago.

At least 15 deaths on Alberta’s roads could have been prevented over the course of the last twelve years if this law was being followed by everyone. These were made law for a reason.

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Let’s do our part in aiding in the safety of emergency personnel and tow truck operators just trying to get their jobs done as safely as they can. Give them room to work.

If you’re interested, you can learn more at moveoverab.ca.


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