A new law will take effect on March 2 to ensure a safer environment for WA emergency and roadside workers.
The SLOMO or Slow Down, Move Over law will require drivers to reduce their speed to a maximum of 40kmh when approaching and passing a stationary incident response vehicle.
Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said it was important to ensure the safety of workers working alongside the state’s roads.
“Our emergency workers are there to help, and they deserve our respect and protection,” she said.
The speed reduction is hoped to prevent accidents while creating positive outcomes with accidents that do happen.
On a dry road during good conditions when travelling at 60kmh, the average family car takes about 45 meters to come to a complete stop.
A car travelling at 32kmh takes only 14 meters to come to a stop and leaves a pedestrian with a 95 per cent chance of survival.
Meanwhile, a car travelling 64kmh takes 45 meters to stop and only leaves a pedestrian with only a 20 per cent chance of survival.
“Put simply, the faster you go, the longer it takes to stop.” Mrs Roberts said.
The penalty for not slowing down is $300 and three demerit points.