RACQ has released shocking new footage showing drivers failing to move over and slow down around roadside workers – despite it being law for the past six months.
The terrifying close calls were captured by RACQ vehicle dashcams and highlight how roadside officers’ lives are frequently put at risk because of these near misses.
One incident showed a speeding black hatchback cut across a medium strip and almost swipe a broken-down car that crews were trying to tow on the busy Pacific Motorway.
In September 2022, the State Government introduced MoSlow laws which require motorists to move over and slow down when passing roadside incidents.
However, RACQ Chief Executive of Assistance, Glenn Toms said roadside crews were yet to see a change in driver behaviour.
“RACQ advocated for five years to see this law implemented, but we’re still seeing incredibly dangerous driving behaviour,” Mr Toms said.“Some motorists are refusing to give crews space on the side of the road when they should move over and slow down and near misses are occurring far too often.“
The State Government has acted and has passed this law – now motorists need to do the right thing and follow it. The road rule is simple, if you see flashing lights at the roadside, move over and slow down.”
RACQ roadside officers and emergency service personnel put their lives on the line every day to rescue stranded motorists, but one wrong move by a passing driver, particularly at high speeds on the motorways, could end in tragedy.
The law applies to all vehicles with flashing lights including roadside assistance vehicles, tow trucks, police cars and motorcycles, fire trucks, ambulances, and transport enforcement vehicles.
The penalty for breaking the law is $431 and three demerit points, or a maximum court-imposed penalty of $4,312.