The Ottawa Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind motorists to slow down and proceed with caution when approaching 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 when 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.
The tragic and preventable deaths of officers, tending to traffic related incidents, led to Ontario’s Move Over law in 2003.
Ottawa Detachment Commander, Bob Wheeler, stated that there have been a number of close calls which prompted the reminder to motorists and the enforcement efforts of his officers.