Truck driver charged with failing to move over for emergency vehicle
A 58-year-old Brampton man is facing charges for failing to move over for an emergency vehicle on Highway 401 Sunday morning.
A member of Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting a traffic stop on Highway 401 near Duart Road at around 11:30 a.m. A second member, who was stopped behind the first police vehicle, observed an eastbound tractor trailer fail to slow down or move over for the emergency vehicle.
As a result, the vehicle was stopped and upon further investigation, the male driver, Joginder Singh, 58-years-old of Brampton was charged with:
- drive after 14 hours on duty without 8 hours off and fail to slow down, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act, and
- proceed with caution for emergency vehicle, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.
Fines for a conviction on this charge range from $400 to $2000 for a first offence and on a subsequent offence, between $1000 and $4000 or to imprisonment for up to six months, or to both. In addition a licence may be suspended for up to two years, even on a first offence.
OPP said this legislation was introduced for officer safety after several officers were badly injured and in some cases killed as a result of drivers not moving out of the way when police were dealing with people or vehicles by the side of the road.
“Quite often you will see a police car stopped behind another police vehicle that has its roof lights activated and has made a traffic stop. This second police car is sometimes there to watch for vehicles that do not move from the lane closest to the police cars or other emergency vehicle and leave a lane clear while passing. It is very important for drivers to be very clear of their surroundings and be able to determine the presence of other vehicles that might prevent them from changing lanes. In any event, a reduction in speed is a must,” stated Chatham-Kent OPP in a media release.