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New focus for OPP’s long-weekend safety blitz

The OPP has a new focus for its latest long-weekend safety blitz: the so-called “move over” law enacted several years ago.

When drivers see an emergency vehicle parked with its lights flashing, they must slow down and move over if there’s another lane and it can be done safely, according to the province’s Highway Traffic Act.

“Officers report that often it is older drivers who are ignorant of this law since it was enacted in 2003 after many current motorists already had their licence,” said OPP commissioner Chris Lewis.

“Ignorance of the law is not an excuse to endanger the life of a police officer or an emergency worker.”

The OPP will actively enforce the law from Aug. 1 to 7, following a week-long educational campaign.

For a first offence, fines range from $400 to $2,000 and carry three demerit points.

Since 1989, five OPP officers have been killed and many others injured while doing their job on Ontario roads.

During their campaign, police will also be watching for drunk, agressive and distracted driving and people not wearing their seatbelts.