STORMONT-DUNDAS — SD&G OPP officers conducted a “Move Over Law” enforcement blitz on Highway 401 in South Stormont and South Dundas Sept. 8, charging four drivers with the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) offence.
Ontario’s Move Over law serves to protect police, other emergency services and tow truck personnel who are parked or stopped on the roadside while carrying out their work. The law requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of a highway with lights activated. If the road has more than one lane, the law requires the driver to move over and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle — if it can be done safely.
Failure to comply can result in fines between $490 and $2,000 and three demerit points upon conviction. Members of the OPP Highway Safety Division — who assisted the local detachment during the blitz — have noticed a decrease in this those not obeying the rule over the last few years.
The involved officers also charged three drivers with stunt driving, 14 with speeding and seven others with various HTA infractions that day.