Pedestrian Safety Starts with You
Who are vulnerable road users?
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 $1,000 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.
Stop at red lights.
Drivers who fail to stop at a red light face a fine of up to $1,000 and three demerit points.
- 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.
- 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.