Push to legalise go-slow around traffic crash sites

Queensland's peak motoring body wants to make it illegal for motorists to not slow down and move over in the case of an accident or emergency on the roads.

RACQ's renewed call for SLOMO (slow down or move over) to be introduced comes just days after Western Australia joined South Australia and Victoria in introducing the road law.

The law requires motorists to reduce their speed when approaching an emergency or incident-response vehicle and change lanes when possible and safe to do so.

This could lead to instances where a vehicle could have to slow from 110km/h to 40km/h or risk a fine.

RACQ's head of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said there had been deaths and serious crashes on the roadside and it was time for Queensland to increase roadside safety.

"The side of the road can be extremely dangerous, particularly in those high-speed, high-traffic flow environments," he said.

"Whether they're an emergency worker or a tow truck operator or someone trying to get a vehicle going, they're extremely exposed to being struck by other moving traffic.

"We have seen loss of life, we have seen vehicle or equipment struck by moving vehicles so if we can make it safer for them, if we can arrange for motorists to slow down and move over, everyone will be safer."

RACQ believed its proposed law should provide protection to responders such as Queensland Police, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, RACQ Traffic Response Vehicles, RACQ Patrol vehicles and tow trucks.

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