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Driver charged for not moving over for emergency vehicle

OPP reminding motorists of Move Over Law
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On April 9, at around 7:45 a.m. Sudbury OPP members were investigating a collision on Highway 69, in Greater Sudbury, when a passing motorist failed to move over. (File)

On April 9, at around 7:45 a.m. Sudbury OPP members were investigating a collision on Highway 69, in Greater Sudbury, when a passing motorist failed to move over.

As a result of the investigation, the driver was charged with Fail To Move To Another Lane For Emergency Vehicle - If Safe To Do So.

"The OPP would like to remind motorists that the Move Over Law was enacted in Ontario in 2003 as a means of protecting emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) personnel who respond to incidents on the roadside. In 2015, the law was amended to include tow trucks," said a news release from the OPP.

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. 

A conviction for a first offence of this law will result in a fine of from $400 to $2,000 and three demerit points plus a possible licence suspension for up to two years. 

A subsequent offence within five years of the first conviction will result in a fine of from $1,000 to $4,000, possible jail time of up to six months, and a possible licence suspension for up to two years. 

It is the responsibility of all licensed motorists to be aware of and comply with Ontario's Move Over Law.




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