Sudbury OPP Charge Driver for Failing to Move Over
On May 2, at approximately 11:10 a.m., the OPP were conducting an investigation on Highway 17 in Greater Sudbury, Ontario when a motorist failed to abide by the Move Over Law.
This driver was charged with Fail to Move Into Another Lane for Emergency Vehicle or Tow Truck - If Safe To Do contrary to section 159(3) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) Set Fine: $400 Total Payable: $490 and three demerit points.
The Ontario Move Over Law requires drivers to slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle or a tow truck on the roadside with its amber lights flashing and, on roads with two or more lanes, move over and leave a lane of space between you and the emergency vehicle if it is safe to do so.
Since 1989, five OPP officers have been killed in the line of duty on the roadside when they and/or their vehicles were hit by other drivers; these deaths could have been prevented if the motorist had slowed down and safely moved over one lane.
It is the responsibility of all licensed motorists to be aware of and comply with Ontario's Move Over Law.