OPP Report Drivers Still Not Moving Over For Emergency Vehicles
Saturday July 16th, 2016
Posted at 8:28am
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The move over law was enacted in 2003 as a means of protecting emergency services personnel who respond to incidents on the roadside.
OPP say that since 1989, five of their officers have been killed in the line of duty on the roadside when they were hit by other drivers. These deaths could have been prevented if the motorist had slowed down and safely moved over one lane.
On July 15th, 2016, the OPP in Essex County, along with the Ministry of Transportation, conducted an enforcement initiative in Essex County, concentrated on Highway 3.
A total of 16 tickets were issued for motorists failing to move over. Ten other tickets were given out in the span of 2.5 hours.
A conviction for a first offence of the move over law will result in a fine of between $400 and $2,000 and three demerit points plus a possible licence suspension for up to two years.
“I urge all drivers to become conversant with this law as it is being strictly enforced by the OPP.” Says Essex County OPP Detachment Commander Glenn Miller.