The new pedestrian crossover has been on Main Street now for a couple of months however there are still some drivers, cyclists and pedestrians who may not be sure what the new law (effective January 1st, 2016) is or how to use the crossover properly.
The key rule is: Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards have crossed and are safely on the sidewalk can drivers and cyclists proceed – That means drivers and cyclists must wait until the pedestrian has fully crossed the road and not just passed in front of our vehicle.
Drivers and cyclists may face a fine in the range of $150-$500 – drivers may also face 3 demerit points. Fines will be doubled in community safety zones.
As for pedestrians, you must push the button for the lights to flash and show to drivers and cyclists your intention to cross the road. You must also cross at the crossover itself and not on the road.
For more information you can visit the Ministry of Transportation’s website http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/pedestrian-safety.shtml#q9