Ontario boosts crosswalk fines just in time for back-to-school season

By Vito Pilieci, Ottawa Citizen, August 20, 2018

Provincial penalties for drivers who disobey the law pertaining to crosswalks and pedestrian crossovers will double on Sept. 1, just before many students head back to school.

The fines can be levied if a driver fails to stop at a crosswalk, or obstructs a crosswalk by stopping inside its boundaries.

Those actions could also lead to a charge of careless driving, especially if they cause bodily harm or death to a pedestrian. Fines for careless driving will increase from a maximum of $2,000 to a maximum of $50,000, in addition to six demerit points levied against a drivers record, and a maximum of two years in jail. Courts can also suspend a driver’s licence for up to five years.


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