Slow Down, Move Over – it’s the law in Ontario

high-risk-auto-insurance-canadaSlow Down, Move Over – it’s the law in Ontario.  Do you know what it means?

The Slow Down, Move Over Law was passed in 2003 and requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when approaching an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the highway with its lights on.

If the highway has more than one lane, the law requires the driver to move over and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle when that can be done safely.

The law also now  includes tow trucks stopped at the side of the highway with their amber lights flashing. This is in addition to emergency vehicles with red, or red and blue lights flashing.  This means that drivers are required to slow down and, if possible, change lanes when they drive by emergency vehicles and tow trucks stopped at the side of the road.

Failure to follow the law can result in Ontario traffic tickets from $400 to $2,000 and three demerit points for a first offence.

Sometimes we can encounter a period of driving difficulty where we seem to quickly accumulate demerit points. There are many Ontario traffic ticket convictions that all carry three demerit points per conviction.  This means that two of these convictions within two years — results in six demerit points.

The accumulation of nine demerit points can possibly mean a driver’s license suspension!  Remember, failure to obey the Slow Down, Move Over Law can result in three demerit points for a first offence!

If you have encountered a  period of bad driving luck, and accumulated a large number of demerit points, our SweetLemons Insurance Programs  is here to help.  We specialize in high risk auto insurance.  Our high risk auto insurance experts will quickly analyze your specific driving record and put together a personalized plan for your specific needs  with competitive rates that can quickly get you back on the road  to lower auto insurance premiums.