The Municipal School Crossing Programs Committee of Niagara has launched a Bill 31 awareness campaign with the goal of reminding all motorists and cyclists of the new Highway Traffic (HTA) laws that went into effect in January of 2016.
The law says motorists can no longer make a turn or proceed through a crosswalk until the entire crosswalk is empty of both pedestrians and school crossing guards.
In an effort to help ensure the safety of all school crossing guards and their pedestrians, the committee wants to remind motorists and cyclists the changes pertain to all school crossing locations when a guard is on duty.
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 and may also face three demerit points.
Fines are doubled in community safety zones.
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, said Sergeant Josh Klop in a press release.