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Law changes in Ontario make pedestrians safer

As someone who may walk often in Ontario, you know that being around the roadways can sometimes put you at risk. You may have crossed at a marked area in the past and nearly been hit by a driver who was being impatient, or you may have found yourself involved in an accident when a driver couldn't be bothered to slow down or drive without being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

When you're involved in a collision, it's important to know the laws surrounding your case, so you can make a claim against the person responsible. While your lawyer can help, there have been some recent changes that you may want to know about.

New laws have been put into place in Ontario including harsher fines for those who decide to text and drive as well as for those who behave dangerously on the roads. Other behaviours have also been monitored and fines have been increased accordingly. This includes things like distracted driving or driving while under the influence.

As of the first of the year in 2016, one of the newest fines is for drivers who don't come to a stop while people are crossing the street in demarcated zones. When you cross in these areas, drivers should be wary and wait for you to pass; sometimes, impatient drivers would hit pedestrians while trying to go around them. Now, even cyclists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are crossing at all roadway crossovers and areas where children are crossing with a crossing guard. Drivers must wait until the people have completely crossed the road before they can continue on.

Source: The Huffington Post Canada, "New Ontario Driving Rules For Jan. 1 Include Full Pedestrian Crossing," Rebecca Zamon, accessed April 14, 2016

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