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Long weekend holiday warning from police

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car or other emergency vehicle. OPPDeputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, provincial commander for traffic safety and operational support, stated that both his officers and other metro police forces will make a point of enforcing Ontario’s new Move Over Law. “Since 1989 we have lost five OPP officers who were tending to their duties on the side of the road when they were killed by approaching vehicles,” stated Dep-Comm. Beechey, “and many of our emergency part- ners have also died at the hands of careless drivers in the same situation.” The Move Over Law demands motorists slow down and pass with caution when ap- proaching a parked police car, ambulance, fire truck, or highway rescue van which has its flashing lights on. If the situation is on a multi-lane highway, then all motorists must shift over to the next farthest lane to pass by. The regulation also requires motorists to pull over out of the way of any emergency vehicle approaching with lights flashing and siren blaring. The provincial government approved the Move Over Law in 2003 and allowed a 10-year “grace period” for police and other emergency personnel to promote public awareness of the new regulation. This grace period included an option for police to let offenders off with a warning if they be- lieved it justified. The grace period is over now and the pen- alties for ignoring the Move Over Law rule take effect. That means fines ranging from $400 to $1200 and three demerits on a driv- ing licence for convictions. Russell County OPP are making a point of pulling in boaters who don’t understand the rules of safety on local rivers and streams. Over the July 27 weekend marine patrols along the Nation and Castor rivers in the county resulted in five charges under the Canada Shipping Act against boat owners for not having lifejackets, no fire extinguish- ers on board, or operating a boat without a valid marine competency card. Police also charged one operator with being impaired while in care and control of a board, and an- other for having open liquor on board. The OPP reminds boaters that they must meet all provincial and federal safety regu- lations when operating their vessels and that the same rules and penalties involv- ing alcohol and driving under the Canada Criminal Code also apply to boating. Boaters beware this weekend VISION


The August long weekend is on the hori- zon and the OPP and other police depart- ments warn motorists and boaters to be safe and careful while having fun. Police throughout Eastern Ontario and other parts of the province are preparing their own August long weekend schedules before the start of the Friday traffic rush. Besides the usual focus on impaired driv- ers, speeders, tailgaters, and other four- wheeled traffic hazards, police will also be paying special attention to drivers who re- fuse to move out of the way of emergency vehicles rushing out on calls or shift over to another lane to avoid a parked police patrol

Ces deux véhicules se sont retrouvés dans une fâcheuse position en milieu d’après- midi, lundi dernier, sur la rue Laurier. À première vue, il semblerait que le conducteur de la voiture norie ait tenté de s’engager sur la rue Laurier à partir du stationnement de la Banque RBC et a été heurté par le véhicule gris.

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