Toronto police are warning of consequences for motorists using the shoulder to pass cars

There are few things more frustrating than sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, hardly shaking when you have a place to be – and the experience can sometimes force drivers to do some pretty dangerous (and illegal) thing.

But Toronto Police want you to know that no matter how tempting it may be to shrug and pass dozens of cars while gliding merrily down the empty lane – probably getting dirty looks as you walk – it’s simply never a good idea.

TPS Traffic Services tweeted about the offense Thursday, noting that patrols on patrol throughout the city have noted that when traffic goes ridiculously slow, whether it is due to the weather or other reasons, many motorists become impatient and take the shoulder illegally.

Not only is it dangerous to do so, according to police, but it is also against the law, and a driver who is caught committing this offense will risk a fine and lose points.

“Using a shoulder 2 pass 20+ cars because you do not want 2 waiting times costs 2 u 3 points & $ 110, just like did 4 this person,” reads the tweet. “B patient, drive properly.”

So there you have it, folks. The empty shoulder may look tempting as it may be when stuck in wall-to-wall traffic, but that does not mean it is a viable option at all. Patience is a virtue.


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