Media Advisory: Move Over Event in memory of Cst. Frank Deschênes

Amherst, Nova Scotia

News release

September 12 marks the one-year anniversary since RCMP Cst. Frank Deschênes died. He was assisting a motorist by helping them to change a tire when he was struck and killed by another vehicle.

Nova Scotia RCMP officers across the province will be holding information checkpoints on September 12 to mark the anniversary, and to pass out information to motorists to ensure they understand their responsibilities under the Move Over Law, and the recent amendment, known as Frankie's Law. The amendment includes tow truck drivers in the list of vehicles that, when their lights are flashing, indicate drivers should move to the left and slow to 60 km/h.

Members of the media are invited to participate in a demonstration of RCMP officers enforcing the Move Over Law. Media will be set up on an overpass with police officers. A marked police car will be set up on Highway 104, beyond the overpass and will have its emergency lights on. We will have RCMP officers on hand to stop motorists who contravene the Move Over Law and will be providing them with information about it. In addition, we will have an RCMP Officer operating a LIDAR on the overpass so that media can see just how fast some vehicles pass the stopped police vehicle. In addition, checkpoints are being by RCMP detachments across Nova Scotia to educate the public about the Move Over Law. The media event is being held in the Amherst area, which is of particular significance to Frank's co-workers at Cumberland District RCMP.

Following the Move Over Enforcement demonstration, a photo op will be held at the Amherst Centre Mall. Members of the RCMP, Amherst Police Department, EHS, Amherst Fire Department, and two towing companies will be in attendance. Representatives from each agency will be prepared to speak to media.

Media are asked to contact Cpl. Clarke in advance to ensure they can be accommodated for this event.

Details: For the Move Over enforcement demonstration, media are asked to meet at Cumberland District RCMP, 39 Hwy 6, East Amherst, and be ready to go at 10 a.m. We will then travel as a group to the overpass.

The photo op will be at the Amherst Centre Mall on South Albion St. at 11 a.m. We hope to be finished by 11:30 a.m.

Background: On September 12, 2017, at approximately 6 p.m., Constable Francis Deschênes was killed while on duty with Northwest Traffic Services-Amherst. Cst. Deschênes was stopped and providing assistance to motorists on Highway #2 in Memramcook, New Brunswick at the time of the fatal crash.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Cst. Deschênes was charged under the New Brunswick Motor Vehicle Act for Driving Without Due Care and Attention.

Contact information

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke
Media Relations Officer
Nova Scotia RCMP
Office: 902-720-5652
Cell: 902-222-0154