Selective Traffic Enforcement

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The Selected Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) for the month of January will focus on intersection safety. In Canada 30% of fatalities and 40% of serious injuries from collisions involved an intersection. Three(3) of the top five(5) improper driver actions that cause collisions occur at intersections, and those actions are:

  • Making a left turn across the path of another vehicle is the most frequently identified improper driver action that contributes to collisions in an intersection.
  • Stop sign violations and
  • Disobeying a traffic signal.

Drivers should take the following three precautions when approaching and crossing an intersection:

  • Scan the intersection and beyond, as you approach with caution.
  • Always be 100% prepared to yield. Keep your foot off the accelerator and covering the brake pad.
  • Before proceeding, check for cross-traffic. Look left, right, left again and continue to scan as you proceed.
  • Watch for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
  • Before proceeding, make eye contact with other intersection users – including pedestrians.

Failure to stop at a stop sign or red light results in a $388 fine and 3 demerits. A driver is required to come to a complete stop, which means the wheels of the vehicle must not be moving, before proceeding safely through the intersection.

A sidewalk acts as a stop sign. Before entering a main street from a road, service road, alley, driveway or parking lot a vehicle must stop unless marked otherwise.

When vehicles arrive at a four way stop sign, courtesy is to allow the vehicle that arrived first to proceed first. If vehicles arrive simultaneously, right of way is given to the vehicle on the right, while left turning vehicles yield to approaching traffic.

Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk carries a fine of $776 plus 4 demerit points.

If an emergency vehicle with its lights or sirens activated is approaching an intersection all other vehicles must give up the right of way until the emergency vehicle has passed through the intersection. Failure to do so is a $233 fine plus 3 demerits.