Slow down slam


Story appeared in: Inner West Times | April 11th, 2018



A TRIAL of 'Slow Down, Move Over' laws has been slammed as "only paying lip-service" to the safety of emergency workers.
The new road rule will be trialled for 12 months from September and requires motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing emergency service workers and volunteers attending to road incidents.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Troy Grant, said police, fire fighters, ambulance officers, State Emergency Service and rescue volunteers did difficult and dangerous work with little or no fanfare.
"The 40km/h rule will provide extra protection for our emergency service personnel who put their lives on the line," he said.
"These rules will give all emergency workers extra protection, and confidence that they can go to work and at the end of their shift, get home safely to their families."
However, State MP for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen, joined Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay to say the rule doesn't go far enough.
They say the State Government needs to get serious about protecting all emergency and incident responders by including tow trucks, the NRMA and RMS vehicles.
"I want to see everyone safe," Ms Haylen said.
"Labor's legislation will make sure all first responders are covered by the 40km/h slow down rule."
The NSW Government will monitor the safety and traffic impacts of the rule over the 12-month period in consultation with NSW Police, emergency service organisations as well as stakeholder groups.



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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: news | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 136284 | Viewcount: 3054

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