SLOMO - the law protecting our emergency services workers

Published on Friday, 26 March 2021 at 3:56:57 PM

With a number of bushfires, storms and car crashes, the start to 2021 has been extremely busy for all of our emergency services workers, and unfortunately there has also been a number of reports of where these vital community members have been put at risk by cars speeding past them as they go about their work on the road side.

Toodyay RoadWise Committee Chairman Bob Neville said “We all have a role in keeping our emergency services volunteers and staff safe while they are responding to incidents on our roads. This is why the State Government introduced the “Slow Down and Move Over” (SLOMO) law in 2018 to improve the road safety of people attending roadside emergencies in Western Australia.”

“The law requires motorists to reduce speed to a maximum of 40km/h when passing incident response vehicles with flashing lights and, where possible and safe to do so, move to the next lane.”

Moving forward to help educate the community about what they can do to help keep our Emergency Services safe, the Toodyay RoadWise Committee is sharing information about the laws to Local Government and community groups throughout the region via their social media and newsletters.

More information about the reasons behind the SLOMO laws and what is required of motorists can be found on the Road Safety Commission’s website

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