With the warm weather, many motorists are heading out on Ontario highways, and the OPP is using the opportunity to remind drivers of the province’s “Move Over” law. The law was established in 2003. It requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when approaching emergency vehicles, police or tow trucks parked on the side of the road with its lights on.
The law was introduced following the deaths of officers responding to vehicles that they had pulled over on the side of the road.
If the highway has more than one lane, the law requires motorists to move over and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle. Failure to abide by the law can result in fines ranging from $400-$2000 and three demerit points for a first offense.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said that just last night on the 401 near Islington Ave. in Toronto, a driver smashed into a tow truck before colliding into an OPP cruiser that were helping a disabled vehicle on the side of the highway. Luckily no one was injured.