Elgin County OPP are reminding the public that it’s the law to move over on multi-lane highways for emergency vehicles with lights activated after a close call involving an officer.
An officer was stopped on the shoulder of the 401 eastbound just east of Furnival Road over the lunch hour on Thursday, helping a motorist who was changing a flat tire.
Both the OPP cruiser and the motorist’s vehicle were not on the traveled portion of the roadway off on the shoulder. The officer had activated his emergency lights and even set up flares along the fog line.
A garbage hauling tractor trailer failed to move over and at the last moment made a sudden steering correction, knocking over all the flares but avoiding the vehicles.
As a result, a 32-year-old Stoney Creek man is charged with careless driving and failing to move into another lane for emergency vehicle or tow truck if safe to do.
OPP are using this incident to remind motorists that in 2015 the law was amended to include slowing down and, when possible, moving over for tow trucks parked on the roadside with amber lights flashing.