New School Crossing Rules in Effect

Drivers, be aware of the new rules at school crossings and pedestrian crossovers.

As per the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Website:

“Starting January 1st, 2016, drivers (including cyclists) must stop and yield the whole roadway at:

  • pedestrian crossovers; and,
  • at school crossings where there is a crossing guard displaying a school crossing stop sign.

These rules apply at pedestrian crossovers identified with specific signs, road markings and lights – the new rules do not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.

Fines

Drivers will be fined $150 to $500 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 – a practice that puts pedestrians at risk – is $200 to $1000.

Fines are doubled in Community Safety Zones, near schools and public areas. These areas are clearly marked with signs.”

More info is on the TBnewswatch website at:

http://www.tbnewswatch.com/News/379690/New_provincial_legislation_changes_how_drivers_stop_at_school_crossings

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