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Watch for new pedestrian crossings in effect

Watch for new pedestrian crossings in effect

Road changes are not only necessary in ensuring drivers are commuting on safe roads, but that roads are safe for pedestrians as well.

Last year, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation introduced new laws and rules for drivers in an attempt to keep those on and off the road safe.

Harsher fines for drivers texting and driving were put into effect, as well as a new act to keep pedestrians safer.

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All drivers must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers, including school crossings with a crossing guard. Drivers are no longer allowed to proceed into the intersection once the pathway is clear. Rather, they must wait until pedestrians have reached the sidewalk at the end of the road before proceeding into the intersection.

Failure to wait until the crossroad is clear could result in a fine of $150 to $500 and three demerit points. It’s six demerit points in a Community Safety Zone, often found near schools and other public areas.

Pedestrians must also be mindful of their surroundings when on the road. Pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers and acknowledge they’ve been seen before moving forward.

For more information on the new driving laws (and displays), please visit: https://www.reddit.com/r/canada/comments/3zpxmp/ontario_as_of_january_1_2016_new_mto_rules/

January 6, 2016

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