Widow of Nova Scotia Mountie killed on highway wants broadened move-over law

The widow of a Mountie who was struck and killed by a van while helping motorists change a flat tire in New Brunswick wants changes to Nova Scotia's so-called move-over law.

Const. Frank Deschenes, who worked for traffic services out of Amherst, N.S., was helping two people in an SUV when a cargo van plowed into his cruiser and the SUV on Sept. 12 in Memramcook, N.B.

Savannah Deschenes says adding changes to provide more protection will create public awareness of a law that currently requires drivers to slow into another lane when they approach police or other emergency vehicles stopped at the side of the road.

On Tuesday, the Progressive Conservatives introduced amendments that would place signage highlighting the law on all 100-series highways and would rename the law as "Frankie's Law," in honour of the late officer.

The NDP previously introduced a bill that would require motorists to slow down to 60 kilometres per hour when passing a tow truck stopped at the scene of a fire or an accident while flashing its warning lights.

Premier Stephen McNeil says the government would look at the changes and could combine them into a single bill.