On September 18, 2019 around 2:00 p.m., a member of the Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting a traﬃc stop on County Road 43, in Wolford Township, when a passing motorist failed to slow down, clipping the oﬃcer with the vehicle’s passenger mirror. The oﬃcer was luckily uninjured in this incident. As a result of the investigation the driver was charged with Fail to Move Over section 159(3) of the Highway Traﬃc Act.
The OPP would like to remind motorists that the Move Over Law was enacted in Ontario in 2003 as a means of protecting emergency services 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 from $400 to $2,000 and three demerit points plus a possible licence suspension for up to two years.
It is the responsibility of all licensed motorists to be aware of this and respond according to keep our emergency workers safe.
Anyone with information on the above occurrence is asked to call Grenville County O.P.P. Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or submit your tip on-line at www.tipsubmit.com. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, you don’t go to court, and you could earn cash reward.