Pedestrian Safety Starts With You

Many of us are both motorists and pedestrians. It’s our responsibility to follow the rules of the road to keep everyone safe.

Drivers and cyclists are required to be alert and attentive when interacting with pedestrians. Fines are doubled in Community Safety Zones.

Yield to Pedestrians

Drivers – including cyclists – must yield the entire roadway to pedestrians at pedestrian crosswalks, school crossings and crossovers. Drivers failing to do so face a fine of up to $1000 and four demerit points.

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

This law does not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.

An overhead crosswalk sign
View of dense traffic

Stop at red lights

Drivers who fail to stop at a red light face a fine of up to $1000 and three demerit points.

School buses

Drivers are required to stop for a school bus that is stopped with its upper red lights flashing. Drivers convicted of this offence face fines of up to $2000 and six demerit points.

For more information on school zone safety, click here.

Crossing guard helping children across the street

Safety Tips.

Pedestrians: Be Seen. Be Alert

  • Make eye contact with the driver. Ensure you are seen.
  • Wear bright, light-coloured clothing or reflective strips, especially in low-light or dark conditions.
  • Avoid jaywalking.
  • Obey pedestrian signals and only cross at marked crosswalks and intersections.
  • Watch for vehicles turning at intersections or backing out of driveways.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid distractions, like texting or wearing earphones.

Motorists: Be Alert

  • Always look for pedestrians crossing the road, especially when making a turn.
  • Drive slowly through school zones and residential areas. Watch for children running across the road or darting out from between parked cars.
  • Watch for Community Safety Zone signs that will warn you about special risks to pedestrians.
  • Be patient towards pedestrians with disabilities, children or seniors. They may need more time to cross the road.
  • Be careful around public transit vehicles - follow streetcar and bus laws in order to protect pedestrians getting on and off.

For more information on pedestrian safety click here.

Pedestrian Safety Resources.

Crossing safely at traffic lights for pedestrians

Wear bright or reflective clothing for added visibility

Whether you are a pedestrian, driver or cyclist, all road users are in this together


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