Learn the new rules to avoid fines and demerit points
To help improve pedestrian safety, Ontario has approved a new type of pedestrian crossover. These new crossovers are appearing across Peel. Drivers, read on to learn the new rules and avoid fines and demerit points at pedestrian crossovers.
What is a pedestrian crossover?
Pedestrian crossovers are often located in the middle of a block or at intersections without traffic lights. They are identified with signs on both sides of the road, and may also include flashing lights and an overhead sign.
Crossovers will also be added to right-turn channels where pedestrians cross to an island before pushing the pedestrian push button. This will make it clear that drivers need to stop and let pedestrians cross at these right-turn channels.
Why are the rules changing?
Traditional crossings, like traffic lights, require more infrastructure and may only be warranted with a higher volume of pedestrians. The new crossovers provide municipalities with another legally enforceable crossing to improve pedestrian safety in areas where traditional crossing devices may not be warranted.
Crossing at the crossover
If the crossover has flashing lights, pedestrians must push the button to activate the lights, which warn drivers that pedestrians are crossing. It is recommended that pedestrians make eye contact with drivers and ensure vehicles stop before crossing.
Cyclists wishing to cross must dismount and follow the same guidelines as pedestrians.
Avoid fines and demerit points
The law states that drivers must stop at the white triangles placed before the crossover and wait for pedestrians to cross the entire roadway.
Failure to follow this law can result in 3 demerit points and a fine of $150 to $500.
Spread the word to your friends and family, and help improve pedestrian safety in Peel by taking care at all pedestrian crossings.Learn more at peelregion.ca/pedestriansafety