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OPP Remind Drivers To Move Left For Emergency Vehicles

Web posted on April 15, 2014

(CITY OF GUELPH, ON) On April 10, 2014 at approximately 10:51 a.m. members of the Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a traffic investigation on the east shoulder of the northbound lanes of Highway 6 just north of Laird Road in the City of Guelph.

As officers were speaking with the other motorist they observed a 2014 Ford Fusion travelling northbound on Highway 6 in the right hand lane, coming dangerously close to them and failing to move to the left lane even though it was safe to do so.

Officers stopped the vehicle and spoke to the male driver regarding his driving habits and determined that he had been drinking. The driver was administered a Roadside Screening Device test which resulted in a fail.

Shaun HODGINS aged 49 of Toronto has been charged with Impaired Driving and Over 80 mgs contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada and Fail to Move Into Another Lane For Emergency Vehicle When Safe To Do So contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

He is scheduled to appear in Guelph Criminal Court on April 29, 2014 to answer to the charges. His driver's licence was suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days as per statute.

Wellington County OPP is reminding motorists that the Highway Traffic Act requires them, when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle, on the same side of the road, with red or red/blue lights flashing to slow down.

If there are multiple lanes in your direction of travel, you must vacate the lane adjacent to the emergency vehicle if it can be done safely. Failing to do so could result in a $490.00 fine and three demerit points.