The OPP will be out in force this long weekend, reminding motorists of their obligation to make room for emergency vehicles. 

The province’s “Move Over” law requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing emergency vehicles parked on the side of the highway with their lights activated. 

When possible, drivers must leave an entire lane between them and the emergency vehicle. 

“It’s a safety issue for the officers,” said OPP spokesman Kerry Schmidt. “We want to give that cushion of safety, that margin, that they can do their job and not be in constant peril.”

The law has been on the books since 2003. But Schmidt said, lately, people have not been following it. 

“We’re charging more people each year. Unfortunately people aren’t getting the message,” he said. 

Drivers must also slow down and pull over to the side of the road if an emergency vehicle approaches from behind with its lights and siren activated. 

Failure to follow the “Move Over” law can bring a fine of up to $2,000. 

Five OPP officers have been struck and killed by motorists since 1989. Many others have been injured, Schmidt said.