PCs want more awareness of NS ‘move over’ law

March 06, 2018 at 9:31 am

MacFarlane’s bill would rename the ‘move over’ law “Frankie’s Law” in honour of Const. Francis (Frankie) Deschênes.

Progressive Conservative leader Karla MacFarlane says more awareness is needed about Nova Scotia’s ‘move over’ law.

Today, she will introduce a Bill in the Legislature that would place signage highlighting the ‘move over’ law on all 100-series highways in Nova Scotia and mark September 12 as First Responder Road Safety Awareness Day. She also wants to see that the law be renamed Frankie’s Law.

MacFarlane will be joined in the Legislature today by Savannah Deschênes and many members of the RCMP. Deschênes is the widow of Nova Scotia RCMP Const. Francis (Frankie) Deschênes. On September 12, 2017, Const. Deschênes pulled over on the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick to help two people in an SUV. He was killed after a cargo van collided with his parked police cruiser and an SUV.

MacFarlane says the ‘move over’ law is great but we need to make sure people are aware what to do when they come upon flashing lights parked on the side of the highway.

“First responders put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities. This is a practical step to help make sure the public is more aware of this important lifesaving law,” says MacFarlane. “We want to see that September 12 be recognized annually to bring awareness to first responder road safety. We want to see the Liberal government support this important measure to raise awareness about the ‘move over’ law.”

Deschênes says she is grateful to Ms. MacFarlane for raising awareness about this important issue and would welcome this recognition for first responders.

“Frankie dedicated his life to keeping people safe,” says Deschênes. “Renaming and improving this law will keep even more people safe and we are so proud of that. We miss him every day.”

The bill also adds tow trucks and recovery vehicles that are stopped with flashing lights to the law that already covers emergency vehicles. It requires passing vehicles to reduce their speed below 60 km/hour and if possible, safely move over into another available lane for traffic moving in the same direction.