The legislation was enacted in January of 2013 making it mandatory for any motorist coming upon an emergency vehicle stopped at the side of the road with its emergency lights flashing to slow down and move to the left.
A motorist is required to slow down and move to the left if it is safe to do so when passing a stopped a police vehicle, fire truck or ambulance. If there is traffic coming from the opposite direction or it's not safe to move to the left, the motorist must slow down while going by the first responder.
By moving over, a motorist is creating a safe space for first responders to carry out their work while on the shoulder of the road or highway whether it is police doing a traffic stop, firefighters at a fire scene or paramedics treating a person in medical distress.
Unfortunately we still see drivers not abiding by the law and passing too close to first responders at high rates of speed.
Several RCMP New Brunswick police officers share their thoughts on what it's like to work on the side of road while hearing and feeling traffic speeding by them.