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RCMP Remind Drivers To Slow Down, Move Over

By Brad Perry Sep 13, 2022 | 9:21 AM

An RCMP cruiser. Image: staff photo

New Brunswick RCMP will be out educating drivers this week on the province’s “Move Over, Slow Down” law.

The campaign will honour the memory of Nova Scotia RCMP Const. Frank Deschênes, who died five years ago.

It was on Sept. 12, 2017, that Deschênes was struck by a passing motorist while helping a driver on the side of the highway near Memramcook.

“He was always there to help people. And he was one of the best officers I know,” his brother, Patrick Deschênes, said in a video released by the RCMP on Tuesday.

The “Move Over, Slow Down” law requires drivers to slow down to half of the posted speed limit, and move over to the left if safe to do so. If there are two or more lanes of traffic, drivers must move into another lane, if it can be done safely.

The law is in place for all emergency and service vehicles that are stopped on the roadside with emergency lights flashing.

Deschênes said while many drivers now move over when approaching emergency or service vehicles, they do not always slow down.

“Please move over and please slow down,” he said. “Just make sure that nobody else, no other family has to go through what my family had to went through when the accident happened.”


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