The Alberta Motor Association is pushing for new legislation to make it safer for emergency workers when they’re on the scene of an accident.

"One of the challenges that exists right now in Alberta's legislation is that our law only applies to the immediate, adjacent lane and that actually sets us apart from every other province in Canada, where they apply it to all lanes of travel in the same direction," explained Jeff Kasbrick, the AMA's vice-president of Government and Stakeholder Relations.

"In one lane you could have a vehicle going 60 kilometres an hour and in the very next lane you could have a vehicle going 110 kilometres an hour," he elaborated. "If we can give just a few extra seconds of time as we're passing by, I think that's the right thing to do and it's something that we'd certainly appreciate if it was us at the roadside."

The AMA first brought the subject up in 2017 and Kasbrick said they've been talking to Alberta Transportation and the minister about expanding the current emergency worker slow down rule.

"I think we can be able to get this done because it reduces the level of confusion, it aligns us with the rest of the country and ultimately, this is just all about worker safety at the roadside as well as any general member of the public that is pulled over at the roadside as well," he told Drum FM.

Alberta RCMP statistics show 354 tickets had been issued by the end of July this year for speeding past emergency vehicles.

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