With representatives attending from The WA Police Force, WA Fire Service, St John Ambulance, local State Emergency Services (SES), RAC and the City’s Community Safety Service team and rangers, the City recognised their hard work and commitment to the community, as our first responders.
Cr Patricia Phelan, who spoke on the day, said the introduction of new measures to improve the safety of first responders was an important one, as they were more often than not coming to the rescue of the general public in vulnerable situations.
The event was also an opportunity to recognise the new SLOMO or Slow Down, Move Over law, which was introduced to WA six months ago in an effort to provide a safer environment for workers who respond to incidents on the road.
Incident response vehicles include those used by the WA Police Force, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, St John Ambulance, the Main Roads WA Incident Response Service, RAC WA and tow truck services that salvage or tow a vehicle.
With 43 casualties involving people in emergency lanes and/or working on the roadside recorded between 2012 and 2016 in WA, the SLOMO law aims to improve safety for workers operating on busy roadsides. Other States, including Victoria and South Australia have already introduced similar laws.
The SLOMO law requires drivers to now reduce their speed when approaching a stationary emergency or incident response vehicle to pass at a maximum speed of 40kmh, and to move over or change lanes where it is possible. Failure to do so will incur a penalty of $300 and the loss of three demerit points.
The Road Safety Commission will monitor and evaluate the SLOMO law.
The City of Melville’s Road Safety/TravelSmart Group works to promote TravelSmart activities, active transport modes, reduce the number and severity of road crashes in the City, and to encourage and promote safer use of our roads.
Made up of six volunteer community members, two Councillors, one WALGA representative and three City of Melville employees, the working group plans community activities and actively participates in road safety and TravelSmart initiatives.
For more road safety and TravelSmart information visit, www.melvillecity.com.au/travelsmart.