With the long weekend approaching, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in the North East Region are gearing up for another busy weekend on our highways, waterways and trails. This Civic Holiday weekend, the OPP will be focusing on traffic moving over for emergency vehicles and tow trucks, as well as the big four – aggressive driving, impaired driving, seatbelt use and distracted driving.
The Move Over Law was enacted in Ontario in 2003 as a means of protecting emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) personnel who respond to incidents on the roadside. In 2015, the law was amended to include tow trucks.
The Ontario Move Over Law requires drivers to slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle or a tow truck on the roadside with its amber lights flashing and, on roads with two or more lanes, move over and leave a lane of space between you and the emergency vehicle if it is safe to do so.
A conviction for a first offence of this law will result in a fine of from $400 to $2,000 and three demerit points, plus a possible licence suspension for up to two years. A subsequent offence within five years of the first conviction will result in a fine of from $1,000 to $4,000, possible jail time of up to six months, and a possible licence suspension for up to two years
Please do your part to help keep emergency services, tow truck operators and the public safe while at the roadside!