New law kicks in shielding pedestrians from drivers

(Screenshot: Ministry of Transportation)
(Screenshot: Ministry of Transportation)


New rules protecting pedestrians are now in effect province-wide.
Drivers – including cyclists – must stop and wait until the entire road has been cleared at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings, when a guard is displaying a stop sign.
“It’s great to see the Ontario government commit to preventing injuries and saving lives. Bill 31 will have a lasting impact on making Ontario’s roads safer and Parachute looks forward to continuing to help implement this bill,” said Parachute Canada president and CEO Louise Logan.
The national charity is dedicated to preventing injuries.
“Mandatory yielding of the entire roadway at pedestrian and school crossings is important and also provides a great educational opportunity. We want to ensure Ontario roads remain some of the safest in North America,” Logan said.
These rules, as of Jan. 1 under the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, apply at pedestrian crossovers identified with specific signs, road markings and lights — not pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.

Fines – which are doubled in community safety zones – range from $150 to $500, plus three demerit points, said Peel Regional Police Const. Bally Saini.
Thirteen pedestrians were killed in 2015, Saini confirmed.
Two deaths took place near Lakeshore Rd. E. in Port Credit and Lakeview – one on Seneca Ave., the other at Hampton Cres. – within a two-week span, prompting complaints from residents about pedestrian safety.


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