I came to a red light at an intersection where a police cruiser was blocking the left lane just past the intersection by parking across it. The right lane was still open. 200-300 meteres down the road was what appeared to be an accident.
For some reason i figured I could still go through. So once the light turned green I cautiosly proceeded thorough the intersection in the right lane. The officer jumped out of his cruiser. I came to a stop and asked if i could go through.
He yelled at me took my licence and registration threatning with a ticket, went back to his cruiser. Came back in a few minutes, told me i was lucky i didn't go any further and he will let me go this time. All the while really being upset over what i did. I honestly expected more respect from an officer, no harm was done, honest mistake just ask me to turn around, problem solved. But that's another topic. To serve and protect, right?
Anyway, my question is what is the proper way for police to close the road temporarily let's say in this situation for an accident cleanup?
Would a parked cruiser with lights on do just fine? Should the officer be out directing traffic or sitting inside will do?
I couldn't find it in the HTA coming only with section 134 where it says: "a police officer may close a highway or any part thereof to vehicles by posting or causing to be posted signs to that effect, or placing or causing to be placed traffic control devices as prescribed in the regulations. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 134 (2)"
Where can i look up these regulations? It seems a parked cruiser is not enough to consider the road closed. There were no signs or devices. Could there be some other section I violated?
The ticket i was threatened with carried a fine of 110$ and 4 demerit points from what the officer mentioned.
Direction of traffic by police officer
134. (1) Where a police officer considers it reasonably necessary,
(a) to ensure orderly movement of traffic;
(b) to prevent injury or damage to persons or property; or
(c) to permit proper action in an emergency,
he or she may direct traffic according to his or her discretion, despite the provisions of this Part, and every person shall obey his or her directions. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 134 (1).
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), a police officer may close a highway or any part thereof to vehicles by posting or causing to be posted signs to that effect, or placing or causing to be placed traffic control devices as prescribed in the regulations. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 134 (2).
Driving on closed highway prohibited
(3) Where signs or traffic control devices have been posted or placed under subsection (2), no person shall drive or operate a vehicle on the closed highway or part thereof in intentional disobedience of the signs or traffic control devices. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 134 (3).