The Rainy River District OPP is reminding motorists and cyclists that they have a responsibility to ensure they stop at crosswalks when pedestrians are present.
Crosswalks allow safe crossings for pedestrians at specific points on a roadway.
These points are identified with signs, as well as markings on the road.
It is the duty and responsibility of every motorist and cyclist to allow a pedestrian the right-of-way at a crosswalk.
According to the Ministry of Transportation:
- As of Jan. 1, 2016, drivers—including cyclists—must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian cross-overs, school crossings, and other locations where there is a crossing guard.
- These new rules do not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.
- Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards have crossed, and are safely on the sidewalk, can drivers and cyclists proceed.
- Drivers will be fined $150-$500 and three demerit points for offences at pedestrian crossings, school crossings, and at crosswalks where there are traffic signals.
The maximum fine for running a red light—a practice that puts pedestrians at risk—is $200-$1,000.
Fines are doubled in Community Safety Zones, near schools and public areas.
These areas clearly are marked with signs.