CARRS-Q chosen to evaluate WA’s SLOMO Law

The monitoring and evaluation contract for the State Government’s new Slow Down, Move Over (SLOMO) law has been awarded to the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland.

03 Apr 2018
The monitoring and evaluation contract for the State Government’s new Slow Down, Move Over (SLOMO) law has been awarded to the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland.

The Road Safety Commission has engaged CARRS-Q to monitor SLOMO for two years, from March 1 2018 through to March 1 2020, with an evaluation of the two year term included.

Under the scope of the project, CARRS-Q will be required to monitor and evaluate:
  • trends and analysis in relation to incident response personnel feelings of safety as a result of the new law;
  • community awareness of the legislation;
  • near misses/observations regarding driver behaviour; and
  • unintended consequences as a result of the changes.
The Road Safety Commission also welcomes community feedback in relation to SLOMO and will capture community feedback as part of its monitoring of the policy.

Should you wish to comment on this please submit your response to info@rsc.wa.gov.au.  
For further information of the SLOMO policy please see our FAQs.

3 Comments

  • Bruce Sayers 4/04/2018 2:13:37 PM
    Can you please explain to me, Is a police patrol car stationary on the side of the road issuing a traffic infringement notice to another driver actually attending an incident? Does this require you to slow down to 40 kms as per the rsc guidelines ? If so how far before the emergency vehicle do you have to slow down and how far after the vehicle do you have to travel before you can speed up?
    I have many more questions about this ambiguous law but I would like some answers to these questions as I am the victim of some overzealous police officers but no answers coming forth from higher ranking police officers except that “ I didn’t think we were enforcing that law yet “.
    Thank you,
    Bruce Sayers

  • Claire 6/04/2018 2:58:10 PM
    Thank you for your query, Mr Sayers.
    The SLOMO or slow down, move over law applies to all stationary emergency and incident response vehicles responding to an incident on the roadside with their flashing lights activated.
    If the police vehicle had its lights activated then SLOMO would apply and all vehicles travelling in the same direction as the incident would have to slow to a maximum of 40km/h.
    When you see the flashing lights on a stationary emergency or incident response vehicle attending a roadside incident you must begin to slow down safely to a maximum of 40km/h, and if it is safe to do so, move over to the next lane. Once you have safely passed the incident you can resume the posted speed limit.

  • ROBERT FITZPATRICK 19/04/2018 7:10:22 AM
    If the emergency vehicle is completely off the road , say 5 metres clear of the bitumen, does this still apply?

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