Did you know that slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles with flashing red or red and blue emergency lights is the law? Now, Ontario’s Slow Down, Move Over legislation has been extended to tow trucks that are stopped at the side of the road with flashing amber lights.
When an ambulance, police, fire emergency vehicle or tow truck is stopped on the side of the road with its emergency lights flashing, drivers in the lane next to it must slow down and, where possible and if it’s safe to do so, change lanes. This legislation currently exists in six Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec) and nearly every American state.
CAA has led the efforts at Queen’s Park to have tow trucks included in the Slow Down, Move Over legislation. As a result, the law now states that drivers who don’t slow down and move over will face penalties.
|Demerit Points||3 points (upon conviction)|
Watch this video to find out why tow truck drivers want you to slow down and move over.
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