Lambton OPP say they are charging a 51-year-old Kitchener truck driver for failing to slow down and move over on Monday in the wake of a previous crash that may have heightened police sensitivity to the issue.
The latest incident, which occurred on Monday (August 27) around 10 a..m., involved an OPP cruiser having its lights flashing. The OPP was assisting a tow truck and broken down car on the eastbound side of Highway 402 in the area of Modeland Road, the same area in which a garbage hauler had crashed into an unoccupied OPP cruiser on Friday.
In this latest incident, the driver was alleged to be driving an International cube-style truck that failed to slow down and move to the other lane to afford the officers room to work. The truck was subsequently stopped and the driver was charged with Failing to Move Over.
“People need to reduce speed, create a space and exercise caution when passing emergency vehicles parked on the side of the Highway,” said Sergeant Tim Ives who is in charge of Traffic Services in Lambton County. “Making a conscious effort to do this will save lives.”
In Ontario, Section 159 (2)(3) of the Highway Traffic Act requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the highway with its lights activated. If the highway 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 do so can result in fines from $400 to $2,000 and three demerit points for a first offence.