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Jan 12, 2016

Attention drivers and cyclists in Ontario: be careful at that pedestrian crossover!

Did you know that you must allow pedestrians to fully cross the street at crossovers before driving through the crossing?

The law, which came into affect on January 1, 2016, applies to crossovers where signs, lights and/or a crossing guard are present. It does NOT refer to crosswalks with stop signs and/or traffic lights, unless a crossing guard is present.

You may be wondering whether the law applies at all crosswalks - as well as what the difference is between crosswalks and crossovers.

According to the Ministry of Transportation's website, the new law applies at pedestrian crossovers, not at crosswalks – unless a school crossing guard is present.

Pedestrian crossovers are identified by specific signs, pavement markings and lights – they have illuminated overhead lights/warning signs and pedestrian push buttons.

Also in the words of Ontario's Ministry of Transportation: It is up to both drivers and pedestrians to keep everyone safe on Ontario roads. Learn more about how to stay safe as a pedestrian and as a driver on their website.


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