Improper stop on the 401 nearly causes a crash

OPP officials allege: The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Chatham Detachment is reminding drivers move to the right shoulder of roadways when approached by emergency vehicles with lights and/or sirens activated.

Recently, an officer with the Chatham Detachment stopped an eastbound passenger vehicle on Highway 401 in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for a traffic violation.

When the officer activated their emergency lighting to signal the driver to pull over, the vehicle initially stopped abruptly within the live lane of traffic.

The driver then moved to the median shoulder before moving into the path of oncoming vehicles and ultimately stopping for police on the right shoulder of the road.

The motoring public is reminded that when police signal that you should stop, you should pull to the right side of the roadway when safe to do so.

The motoring public is encouraged to adopt and maintain safe road behaviours.

The OPP wishes to emphasize that the decisions drivers make not only affect them, but also their passengers, other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

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