New SLOMO road laws on the radar for WA

The state government "stands committed" to making WA drivers legally slow down when passing stationary emergency vehicles and tow trucks on our roads.

The McGowan government has told WAtoday it would stick to its election promise of introducing the Slow Down, Move Over (SLOMO) legislation.

Under the SLOMO laws, WA motorists would be legally required to reduce their speed when passing stationary emergency services, tow trucks or RAC patrol vehicles parked roadside.

The RAC has been pushing for the legislation since 2012, with similar laws in place in Victoria and South Australia.

A spokesman for Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said this week the government was sticking by its commitment to introduce SLOMO laws in WA.

"Announcements will be made on the implementation of commitments when the government is ready to do so," the spokesman added.

A recent RAC survey found 88 per cent of their roadside assistance workers did not see drivers slow down when approaching an incident in the emergency stopping lane.

A further 91 per cent said they had experienced a "near miss" in the past 12 months.

RAC corporate affairs general manager Will Golsby said he welcomed Labor's commitment.

"There is no question that the roadside, particularly on high-speed roads, is a dangerous place for stranded motorists, road workers, emergency-service personnel, police officers, tow-truck drivers, roadside assistance patrols and all those who call the roadside their place of work," he said.

"These West Australians all deserve to come home safely every day, just like desk-bound workers do."

Mr Golsby said the RAC's concerns on the issue were not just confined to the metropolitan road network.

"The problem is also exacerbated on country roads, where high-speed limits apply, but there is little room on the roadside to safely park a broken-down vehicle," he said.

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