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Further to the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, there are certain regulations that came into effect as of January 1, 2016. These rules apply to pedestrian crossovers and school crossings. These rules do not apply at all intersections.
Starting January 1, 2016, all drivers (including cyclists), must stop and yield the whole roadway to pedestrians at pedestrian crossovers and also at school crossings where there is a crossing guard displaying a school crossing stop sign. Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards are safely on the sidewalk, can drivers and cyclists proceed.
The rules apply at pedestrian crossovers that are identified with specific signs, road markings and lights. It is important to note that these new rules do not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.
The Ministry of Transportation clarifies the different types of crosswalks/intersections as follows:
The Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act also provides municipal road authorities with the ability to install new types of pedestrian crossovers on low speed, low volume roads in addition to the existing crossovers.
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians must share the road and it is up to all of them to play a role in road safety.
Under the new rules, drivers will be fined between $150-$300 and 3 demerit points for offences at pedestrian crossings, school crossings and at crosswalks where there are traffic signals. The maximum fine for running a red light is between $200-$1000. This is because running a red light puts pedestrians at risk. In Community Safety Zones, near schools and public areas fines are doubled.
Here are some tips to keep safe as a pedestrian and a driver:
If you or someone you know have been injured as the result of a car accident, whether you were a pedestrian, cyclist or driver, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to find out your rights and what types of compensation you may be entitled to. The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates offer a free, no obligation initial consultation and are available to meet in person, by phone or via Skype.
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