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OPP Says Move Over (Posted On: Tuesday, March 04, 2008)

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Motorists reminded to move over to the left to avoid emergency vehicles. Ontario Provincial Police officers from Central Region will be cracking down on motorists who don’t slow down or move to the left when passing emergency vehicles parked on the side of the road with their emergency lights flashing.

To increase safety, Ontario's Highway Traffic Act requires motorists when approaching a police, fire or ambulance vehicle stopped with its emergency lights flashing in the same direction of travel,

either in a lane or on the shoulder of a road or highway, to slow down and pass with caution. If the road has two or more lanes, the motorist must move over into another lane, if it can be done safely. Failing to do so can result in the following:

First offence - $400 to $2,000, plus three demerit points upon conviction and possible suspension of driver's licence for up to two years. Subsequent offence (within five years) - $1,000 to $4,000 fine, possible jail-time up to six months and possible suspension of driver's licence for up to two years.

On January 4, at approximately 12:30 a.m. a Nottawasaga OPP officer was investigating a single motor vehicle rollover that occurred on Highway #89 just west of the 2nd Concession of Adjala-Tosorontio Township.

The officer had parked his cruiser on the north side of the road with its rear emergency lights activated.

Numerous emergency vehicles and emergency personnel were actively working at the scene in order to free the driver of the rolled over vehicle.  All emergency vehicles had their emergency lighting activated.  While standing beside the driver’s side door of the police cruiser, the officer was struck by a passing Dodge Caravan. The officer was treated in hospital for minor injuries and released later that day.

Chief Superintendent Ken C. Smith is requesting the assistance of all motorists to be mindful of the safety of our officers and to obey the Province’s traffic laws.

Theresa Van Boven Community Services Officer (705) 445-4321

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