New rules for drivers came into effect January 1, 2016 to protect pedestrians.

January 14, 2016, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

The Province of Ontario has new rules for drivers aimed at keeping pedestrians safer crossing the streets. The changes were long called for, and frankly, make a lot of sense. I hope that there is enforcement making drivers pay attention.

The new rules required drivers to wait for pedestrian crossings to be completely cleared at any crossing controlled by crossing guards. Drivers will have to be patient and wait for all the children to clear the road, and for the crossing guard to clear the road as well before moving through the crosswalk. Police will issue a $180 ticket (or more) and three demerit points to those who they catch violating this law. Police are keen. According to Staff Sgt. Strand of the WRPS there is no reason to rush the children or the guards. Drivers simply have to be patient and wait for all people to cross safely.

This same rule applies to push button crossovers that are pedestrian activated. These are the ones that activate the overhead signs and flashing lights. Drivers must stop and wait for the pedestrian to completely clear the intersection prior to driving through. In our area there are two in Elmira, one in Kitchener, and one in Paris.

Of note is that regular crosswalk rules have not changed. At a red light, the driver may proceed through his/her right turn in an intersections when the pedestrian has crossed to the other side of the road.

Posted under Personal Injury, Pedestrian Accidents

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