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OPP enforcing Move Over Law this weekend

OPP enforcing Move Over Law this weekend

Posted: 2022-07-29 10:32:34 By: thebay

The OPP is conducting its annual Move Over campaign during one of the busiest weekends of the year on highways and roads, getting drivers' attention through robust enforcement and education around this important law.

OPP say that drivers are expected to give emergency vehicle personnel and tow truck drivers the safe workspace they need as they tend to road users on the roadside. The Highway Traffic Act requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck stopped or parked on the side of the road and, if safe to do so, move over one lane.  

Despite the law being enacted almost 20 years ago, the OPP laid close to 900 charges in 2021 against motorists who showed a complete disregard for the safety of emergency personnel and tow truck drivers, and the cushion of space they need to safely carry out their jobs.  

The law carries a $490 to $2,000 fine plus three demerit points upon conviction.