Drivers in Western Australia are being reminded of the law when it comes to passing emergency vehicles.

Under the SLOMO (Slow Down, Move Over) law motorists must reduce their speed to 40 km/h when approaching stationary emergency vehicles that have blue or red lights flashing at an incident. Drivers who fail to do so can be fined $300 and issued with three demerit points.

“The State’s SLOMO law has been in effect since March 2018,” said Iain Cameron, Road Safety Council Chairman. “It applies to all Western Australian roads – including freeways and highways – and it’s designed to make sure police, ambulance officers, fire fighters and everyone at the scene of a roadside incident can operate in the safest possible environment.”

The law also covers tow trucks, RAC roadside assistance patrol vehicles and Main Roads Incident Response Vehicles which help with removal of damaged or broken down vehicles and debris after an incident.

SLOMO requires drivers to apply their brakes gradually and safely slow to 40 km/h and, if it is safe to do and there are multiple lanes in the same direction, move to another lane to give incident responders more space.