Pedestrian safety was top of mind Tuesday when local officials gathered at Rick Hansen Public School to launch a new provincial campaign.
“Be Alert, Be Seen” encourages pedestrians and drivers to be aware of their surroundings while they’re out on the roads.
Members of the London Middlesex Road Safety Committee, which includes representatives from the London Health Sciences Centre, the Ministry of Transportation, the Middlesex London Health Unit, and the London Police Service, will be outside of the school at 70 Ponderosa Crescent to educate parents and their children about the importance of pedestrian safety. The campaign will focus on visibility and how to use the new pedestrian crossovers.
London Middlesex Road Safety Committee educating residents about pedestrian safety today near Rick Hansen public school: pic.twitter.com/scqdvinbw5
— AM980 London News (@AM980News) November 1, 2016
New rules for pedestrian crossovers and school crossing went into effect on January 1, 2016. Drivers, including cyclists, must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers, school crossings and other locations where there is a crossing guard.
Drivers will be fined $150 to $500 and 3 demerit points for offences at pedestrian crossings, school crossings and at crosswalks where there are traffic signals. Fines are doubled in Community Safety Zones, near schools and public areas. These areas are clearly marked with signs.
For more information, visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website.
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