_ (press release) _ (Ottawa) — An Ottawa area tow truck driver was charged under the stunt driving legislation for racing to the scene of a motor vehicle collision in Orleans.
The tow truck was seen travelling at a high rate of speed southbound on Tenth Line Rd nearly colliding with a responding Ottawa Fire Services vehicle. The tow truck then proceeded to “tail” the fire truck responding to the collision scene on a priority weaving through dense traffic.
The actions of the tow operator created an even more dangerous situation as the tow truck was concealed from public view by the larger fire vehicle; and the fact that the public does not expect a tow truck to when merging back into a lane of traffic.
Amado WEHBE, 36 years old, of Ottawa was charged with Racing a vehicle, Following too close and Failing to surrender his licence. His driver’s licence was suspended for 7 days and his vehicle (tow truck) was impounded for 7 days.
“This incident should serve as a reminder to all tow operators to obey by the City of Ottawa Bylaw and the Highway Traffic Act by not attending collision scenes unless summoned by an involved party or the Police,” said Sgt. John Kiss, Impaired Driving Countermeasures and Impounded Vehicles Coordinator, Ottawa Police. “Putting the public at risk will simply not be tolerated.”
Members of the public should be aware of the following:
* A tow truck cannot come within 100m (metres) of a collision scene and it is illegal for the operator to solicit business at a collision scene. * As the owner or legally responsible person for the vehicle, you have the right to choose the towing service of your choice. * The Ottawa Police recommends you contact the number on the back of your insurance card to confirm authorization to tow your vehicle. * Racing a Motor Vehicle/Stunt Driving levies a maximum fine of $10,000 and a minimum driver’s licence suspension of 2 years. * In extreme circumstances, a violator could face a maximum term of imprisonment of 6 months. *