BLITZ TO NAB THE SLOW, UNYIELDING

TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is cracking down on slowpokes on Canada’s busiest highways.

Starting today, the OPP’s traffic units will be handing out fines of $110 to vehicles traveling below the posted limit of 100 km/h in the left lane of Hwy. 401.

As well, those nabbed will lose two or three points, depending on the severity of the offence.

According to OPP traffic Sgt. Cam Woolley, the crackdown targets “left-lane bandits,” that contribute to the often-chaotic traffic in southern Ontario.

“We’ve had a lot of complaints, including from truck drivers, about lane discipline,” Woolley says.

Woolley explains that strategy, which includes handing out tickets for failure to yield the right-of-way to faster moving traffic, is meant to fight the sloppy lane discipline witnessed by Ontario drivers.

He adds the program will benefit truck drivers by helping filter slower drivers to stick to the proper lanes.

“We’re telling drivers to keep right, except to pass.”

Operation Move Over starts today and will be enforced on all 400 series highways, and the Queen Elizabeth Way, in the Greater Toronto Area and the Niagara Region until Labor Day.

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