Ontario Provincial Police say long weekend enforcement campaigns may be over but the laws are still in effect.
OPP conducted two major enforcement campaigns over the weekend and statistics reported on Wednesday show over 450 drivers were charged during the Slow Down, Move Over campaign while 180 charges were handed out during Operation Dry Water.
“Could it be worse? Sure. But there’s room for improvement,” Cst. Kevin Martin tells AM980.
“Let’s keep that message going. Above all else: yes, the campaign has ended – no, the legislation hasn’t. That risk is there all day, every day therefore the legislation is there all day, every day. Some of your listeners may get the idea that the campaign has ended therefore it’s not a problem anymore – wrong! That legislation’s always in force, we use campaigns as an awareness piece to spread the word.”
In 2015, the law was amended to include slowing down and, when possible, moving over for tow trucks parked on the roadside with lights flashing in addition to emergency services vehicles.
Police add that sadly, four people were killed in traffic and marine-related accidents in Ontario over the civic long weekend.