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Crosswalk safety tips

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON)Warm weather is returning to Southern Bruce County and the South Bruce OPP wants to cut down on reports of “near misses” at area crosswalks.  

While it’s the pedestrian who always suffers, sometimes tragically, it’s not always the driver’s fault.  

The South Bruce OPP wants drivers and pedestrians to follow some basic rules at crosswalks to enhance pedestrian safety:

Pedestrians:

  • Cross at marked crosswalks or traffic lights. Don’t cross in the middle of the block or between parked cars
  • Make sure drivers see you before you step out on the road
  • Cross only when traffic has come to a complete stop
  • Cross only on a green light, not a yellow or red
  • If the “Don’t Walk” signal starts to flash, don’t cross the road
  • Watch for vehicles turning at intersections
  • Watch for vehicles entering or leaving driveways
  • Wear bright clothing during low light conditions

Drivers:

  • Be patient, especially with an older pedestrian who may need more time
  • Stay alert and slow down on residential streets
  • Be extra careful when driving in a school zone
  • Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning
  • When a pedestrian crossing signal is activated – stop and let them cross

 

Fines for offences at pedestrian crossings, school crossings or crosswalks are $180 plus three demerit points. Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled in a Community Safety Zone.

Parents and caregivers are asked to discuss safe crossing with their youth. 

Anyone interested in more information can visit the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) website at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/


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