Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pedestrians and crosswalks

     So I have been doing some light research lately on Crosswalks. The information I have found is from the "Summary Offence Ticket Booklet" I got online from the DMV which was current as of the date I downloaded it and last updated as of effective September 1, 2012.

     The first thing I have found is that Failing to yield to a pedestrian in crosswalk or even stopped and facing a crosswalk is a violation of section 125 subsection (1) (There is also the stipulation for a median divided road as well "roadway on which vehicle is travelling in roadway divided by median section 125 subsection (2)", this has the same fines and demerit points as subsection "1") of the "Motor Vehicle Act", there is a Out of Court Settlement option ('Guilty plea') The first offence will cost you $687.41, the second offence will then cost you $1262.41 and the final and subsequent offence will then cost you $2412.41.

     Now you also have the option in which to take it to court and fight the charge if you believe you have been charged for the offense unjustly, However if you do take this option and lose the cost of the fine will increase. Now if found guilty in court or if you plea guilty on your own their is the added fine of 4 demerit points that come off of your license as well.

     Now the question I pose is this. How does a pedestrian prove that the driver did not stop while he/she was trying to cross the road at a marked crosswalk?. Is the pedestrian able to video record the incident (where as most people now have wireless devices that can record high quality video and sound on them at almost all times)? If so who would they then take it to to report the incident; and would the would be offender be charged for the offense?.

     Leave a comment below and let me know what you think and or know.

Youth who are a minimum of 16 years old are considered adults when charged with offences under the Motor Vehicle Act or the Motor Vehicle Inspection Regulations.

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