A pedestrian crossover is a new type of crossing where drivers and cyclist are required to stop for pedestrians intending to cross the road. Drivers and cyclists must allow the pedestrian to cross the full width of the road before proceeding. It is the responsibility of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to understand and follow the rules of the road.
Pedestrian crossovers are marked by signs and pavement markings. In some cases, they may also have pedestrian-activated flashing lights.
Drivers and cyclist must stop and yield the whole width of a roadway at pedestrian crossovers as well as at school crossings, and other locations where there is a crossing guard.
These new rules do not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.
Drivers and cyclists can proceed only when pedestrians and school crossing guards have safely crossed to the other side of the roadway.
The new law responds to recommendations related to pedestrian safety in the 2012 Chief Coroner’s Report on Pedestrian Deaths. Numerous requests were also made from municipalities and safety organizations. The new law is intended to protect the most vulnerable road users: school children, pedestrians and school crossing guards.
The new law applies at:
The new law does not apply at:
A crossover is a pedestrian crossing where signs, pavement markings — and in some cases, poles, flashing beacons above the signs and pedestrian push buttons — alert drivers to come to a stop.
A crosswalk is used at stop signs and traffic lights. It is a crossing location usually found at intersections with traffic signals, pedestrian signals or stop signs. A crosswalk can be:
Motorists DO NOT need to wait until the person reaches the other curb before proceeding.
If drivers and cyclists do not yield to pedestrians at a crossover, they may face a fine in the range of $150 to $500. Drivers may also face three demerit points.