OPP Updates: Racing Charge & “Move Over” For Officer Safety
HANLON RACING CHARGE
On Sunday March 24, 2019, at approximately 4:50 p.m., a Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was monitoring traffic and conducting speed enforcement on the Hanlon Expressway near Laird Road. The officer observed a grey sedan travelling northbound at a speed that appeared to be well above the posted 80 km/h speed limit. The vehicle was locked on radar in excess of 135 km/h.
Noushad NAQVI, 52-years -old of Waterloo has been charged with Race a Motor Vehicle contrary to the Highway Traffic Act and is scheduled to appear in Guelph Provincial Court on May 1, 2019. His driver’s licence and vehicle were seized for a period of seven days as per statute.
Caution to drivers that if you get caught racing; the road ahead will be rough. Automatic tow and suspensions included with each #StuntDriving or #50overisRacing remember to #TakeItToTheTrack.
VEHICLE SIDESWIPES TOW TRUCK NEARLY STRIKING DRIVER
On Sunday March 17, 2019 at approximately 8:15 p.m. a Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was conducting a traffic stop with the assistance of a tow truck in the north bound lanes of Highway 6 near Laird Road. Both vehicles were parked on the west shoulder of the highway with emergency lights activated.
The male tow truck driver, who was wearing a reflective safety vest, was crouched down on the east side of the truck loading up a vehicle that required impoundment when a north bound motor vehicle sideswiped the front corner of the truck, nearly striking the man.
As a result of the collision, a 20 year old female from Chatham has been charged with Dangerous Driving contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. She is scheduled to appear in Guelph Criminal Court on April 16, 2019 to answer to her charge.
The “Move Over” legislation was drafted in 2003. The law requires drivers to slow down, move over and proceed with caution when passing emergency vehicles and tow trucks that are parked on the side of the highway with lights activated. It is not an option – it is the law.