Slow Down, Move Over

CAA Manitoba first lobbied the government in 2009 asking them to create a law to protect people who work on the sides of our roads and highways. These include professions such as tow truck drivers, construction workers, and emergency personnel.

In 2011 the Slow Down, Move Over law was created under section 109.1 of Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act (HTA). The law requires drivers to slow down and move over when they see a vehicle pulled over at the side of the road with its emergency lights flashing.

Drivers are required to lower their speed and drive with caution to give safe clearance. If they are on a multi-lane roadway they are expected to move into the other lane that is not adjacent to the stopped vehicle. If they are on a single lane roadway they are only supposed to pass when it is safe to do so.

Drivers who do not comply with this law can be ticketed with a heavy fine of $300.00 and two demerit points up to a maximum limit of $2000.00 and/or a one year driver’s license suspension issued by a judge.

If the posted speed limit is less than 80 km/h motorists are required to slow down to 40 km/h.

If the posted speed limit is 80 km/h or higher motorists are required to slow down to 60 km/h.

As of May 2014 amendments were made to the Highway Traffic Act section 109.1 in Manitoba doubling fines for speeding in a construction zone and for those passing emergency or designated vehicles. The law now states:

109.1(2) The driver of a vehicle must take the safety precautions set out in subsections (2.1) and (3) when approaching one of the following vehicles that is stopped on the same side of the highway or is engaged in a roadside assistance or enforcement activity prescribed by the regulations or in another prescribed activity:

  1. an emergency vehicle that has its emergency beacon in operation;
  2. a designated vehicle that, in accordance with this Act and the regulations, is using
    1. an emergency beacon or other lighting equipment, and
    2. if applicable, warning or safety signs or equipment.