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News Release

Region of Durham reminds drivers of new rules for pedestrian crossovers and school crossings

WHITBY, ON August 31, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department – Traffic Operations Division is reminding drivers that they must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers and crosswalks with a crossing guard present.

This new law, part of the Ministry of Transportation’s Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, was implemented on Jan. 1.

“It is up to everyone—drivers, pedestrians and cyclists—to stay safe on the road. We’re reminding residents of this new law to ensure Durham’s roads are safe for school children, school crossing guards and all pedestrians,” says Susan Siopis, Director of Transportation Services. “Under this new law, drivers and cyclists must stay stopped until pedestrians and school crossing guards have completely crossed the road and are safely on the sidewalk.”

To understand when this new law applies, consider the following parameters: 

  • The law applies to crossovers, not crosswalks (unless a school crossing guard is present).
  • Pedestrian crossovers are identified by lights, specific signs (that are yellow with an X on them) and pavement markings.
  • Crosswalks are found at intersections with traffic lights or stop signs. The rule only applies to crosswalks if a school crossing guard is present, displaying a school crossing stop sign.

Drivers could be fined $150 to $500 and three demerit points for offences at pedestrian crossovers or any intersection with a school crossing guard present.

Learn more about the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act by visiting www.ontario.ca/transportation. The Region of Durham also offers many traffic safety tips on its website at www.durham.ca/traffic.  

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