OPP flashes warning over passing emergency vehicle rule
TORONTO — The Ontario Trucking Association is reminding road users and truckers to move to the left lane when lights from emergency vehicles are flashing on the side of the road.
Heavy fines could be handed out to those who do not comply, says OTA.
The legislation regarding passing emergency vehicles has been in existence for several years, but OTA reports that the Ontario Provincial Police are beginning to crack down on violators as many motorists are failing to move over.
During a recent police crackdown, the OPP laid over 600 fail to “move over” charges in the month of February alone.
First offence for failing to move is $400 to $2,000, plus three demerit points upon conviction and possible suspension of driver’s licence for up to two years.
Subsequent offences (within five years) are between $1,000 and $4,000 fine and possible suspension of driver’s licence for up to two years.
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