March 19, 2018 – The Municipal School Crossing Programs Committee of Niagara wishes to remind everyone March Break has come to a close and school is back in session. In an effort to help ensure the safety of all School Crossing Guards and their pedestrians, the MSCP Committee wants to remind motorists/cyclists of the changes pertaining to all School Crossing locations when a guard is on duty.
Bill 31 Amendments, which went into effect in January of 2016, are applicable and motorists can NO longer turn left, right or proceed through a crosswalk on the clear half of the roadway. You now MUST wait until the entire crosswalk is empty of both pedestrians and School Crossing Guards.
School Crossing Guards fall under the Highway Traffic Act. It is the law for all drivers to stop in the presence of a crossing guard displaying a stop sign. Drivers who violate this could be fined anywhere from $150 to $500. Drivers may also face 3 demerit points. Fines doubled in Community Safety Zones.
Help keep the Niagara Region’s School Crossing locations safe for all!
This reminder is brought to you on behalf of the Municipal School Crossing Programs Committee of Niagara, along with the Niagara Regional Police Services.
"The Niagara Regional Police would like to remind all cyclists and motorists to obey these new amendments and help keep our children and crossing guards safe."
~Sgt. Josh Klop, NRPS~
For more information, contact:
Sgt. Josh Klop
Niagara Regional Police Services
Phone: 905-688-4111 Ext. 5500