Tuesday, January 5, 2016 10:35 am ·  0 Comments
Traffic enforcement is a part of every officer’s day to day duties. Traffic, speeding and aggressive driving are the top complaints by residents in Oakville. Officers work diligently to educate drivers about the dangers of bad driving behaviour and conduct enforcement to ensure people are getting the message.
The Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act has come up with a new law to help protect pedestrians and will force drivers to be more patient and alert when driving through busy pedestrian intersections.
On January 1, 2016, drivers in Ontario will have to wait until a pedestrian has reached the other side of a designated school crossing or designated pedestrian crossover, or face a fine between $150.00 and $500.00 and three demerit points. Drivers will have to stop and yield the entire width of the road to the pedestrian, instead of half the road as was previously the case. Cyclists must follow the same rules as drivers under the Highway Traffic Act, and thereby must stop and wait or face the same fine.
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. An examples of such a pedestrian cross walk are on McCraney Road East by White Oaks Secondary School, and on Lakeshore Road West by the main entrance to Coronation Park.
It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure our roads are the safest they can be. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians must share the road and look out for each other. Make 2016 your safest driving year yet!