Driving down the centre lane could cost you a pretty penny.

The Timmins Police Service says the centre lanes are for left hand turns only. Communications Coordinator Marc Depatie says people have been using those lanes to merge into traffic, which is against the law. Depatie says if you use the centre lane as a merge lane while turning onto the road, it can cause an easily avoidable collision.

Depatie says TPS has reached out to the provincial prosecutor for help with this on-going issue. He says it seems to be most commonly reported and found by officers between Norman and Shirley Streets on Riverside Drive and between Northern College and Tim Hortons in South Porcupine. Depatie says officers will be on the look-out for this particular offence. 

He says you can be charged up to $110 and three demerit points. Below is a picture of both the proper and improper use of the centre lane. 

Improper use of the centre lane. Photo supplied by the Timmins Police Service.

Proper use of the centre lane. Photo supplied by the Timmins Police Service.