School’s Back – Keep the Community Safe

Update: see previous posts – Sept.1/15 Police To Enforce the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, Bill 31 Starting Today, August 31, 2015 Ontario is Ready to Enforce Stiff Fines of up to $1,000 this Fall for Distracted Driving, June 3/15 New Ontario Road Laws Will Cost Ontarians Huge, June 2, 2015 Bill 31, Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario’s Roads Safer), 2015 Receives Royal Assent

At least one parents is concerned moving some of the students to a St. John's school will mean younger kids spend too much time on a bus. Drivers failing to stop for a school bus can be fined up to $2,000 and six (6) demerit points for a first conviction. (Shutterstock)
At least one parent is concerned,  moving some of the students to a St. John’s school will mean younger kids will spend too much time on a bus.
Drivers failing to stop for a school bus can be fined up to $2,000 and six (6) demerit points for a first conviction. (Shutterstock)

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Toronto-area police are reminding drivers to be especially vigilant now that thousands of students are back at school — and back on the roads.

“We want to make sure that we are vigilant at all times when we are driving,” said Const. Thomas Ruttan of the Peel Regional Police.

Ruttan says drivers need to remember that kids don’t think like adults.

“They don’t drive so they don’t know what to expect from drivers. They’ve had a lot of experiences over the summer they want to share with their friends. They’re not paying attention to the roadway like we are paying attention or should be,” he said.

Misbehaving motorists will face higher fines under new Ontario laws that came into effect last month.

Drivers convicted of distracted driving now face a minimum fine of $490 and three demerit points with the maximum set at $1,000.

“I can think of a lot better things to spend my money on, that’s for sure,” Ruttan said. “Not to mention how dangerous it is, especially when children go to school.”

Police will also watching for proper stopping distances from school buses and crossing guard locations as well as speeding in school and community safety zones.

Motorists should also take care around kids going to and from school on bikes.

Ontario’s new laws also bring a minimum fine of $110 and two points to drivers who don’t leave at least one metre of space when possible when passing cyclists. Motorists who open their doors without looking, causing a cyclist to crash into them, now face a minimum fine of $365 and three demerit points.

Ontario’s New Road Rules that Became Effective Sept.1/15

School Buses:

 Under Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, Bill 31 School buses will be more recognizible — they will now be the only buses permitted to be chrome yellow. Drivers failing to stop for a school bus can be fined up to $2,000 and six demerit points for a first conviction.
Under Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, Bill 31 School buses will be more recognizible — they will now be the only buses permitted to be chrome yellow.
Drivers failing to stop for a school bus can be fined up to $2,000 and six demerit points for a first conviction.

A.  Distracted Driving:

Fines jump to between $300 to $1,000, from the current $60 to $500. The Fine increases from $280 to $490. Three (3) demerit points if convicted of a distracted driving offence. Distracted driving added to list of novice driver conditions. A novice licenced driver (without a full “G” drivers licence – with a G1,G2,M1,M2,M2-L or M2-M licence) will receive a minimum 30 day driving suspension for the first conviction and escalating sanctions for any subsequent convictions. That's still less than fines for distracted driving in P.E.I., the costliest in the country, which start at a $500 minimum and go to a maximum of $1,200, plus five demerit points. Drivers in Manitoba convicted of distracted driving will also get five demerit points, but the fine is lower at just $200.
Fines jump to between $300 to $1,000, from the current $60 to $500. The Fine increases from $280 to $490.
Three (3) demerit points if convicted of a distracted driving offence.
Distracted driving added to list of novice driver conditions. A novice licenced driver (without a full “G” drivers licence – with a G1,G2,M1,M2,M2-L or M2-M licence) will receive a minimum 30 day driving suspension for the first conviction and escalating sanctions for any subsequent convictions.
That’s still less than fines for distracted driving in P.E.I., the costliest in the country, which start at a $500 minimum and go to a maximum of $1,200, plus five demerit points. Drivers in Manitoba convicted of distracted driving will also get five demerit points, but the fine is lower at just $200.

B.  Pedestrian Cross Over/School Crossings:

Drivers must allow pedestrians to completely cross at a school and pedestrian crossing (and get off the road) before moving forward, current rules says driver must only yield half the crossing. Cyclists are not allowed to ride their bikes within the crosswalk. The fines for breaching this new amendment to the HTA is $150 and doubled in community safety zone to $300. This applies to pedestrians and to persons in wheelchair and streetcars that are approaching the crosswalk, in the crosswalk. It also applies to vehicles passing vehicles close to a crosswalk.
Drivers must allow pedestrians to completely cross at a school and pedestrian crossing (and completely get off the road) before moving forward, prior rules says driver must only yield half the crossing.
Cyclists are not allowed to ride their bikes within the crosswalk. The fines for breaching this new amendment to the HTA is $150 and doubled in community safety zones to $300. This applies to pedestrians and to persons in wheelchair and streetcars that are approaching the crosswalk or actually in the crosswalk. It also applies to vehicles passing vehicles/streetcars close (30 metres) to a crosswalk. Municipalities can now place more crosswalks on low-speed/volume roads.

C.  Opening any vehicle door and coming into contract with cyclists or vehicle, also known as “Dooring” or a “Door Prize”:

Property of Ontario Motor Vehicle Tickets

 Dooring: this involves the act of a driver or passenger opening a door, on either side of the vehicle, where a cyclist ends up coming into contact with that opened door. Either the driver or passenger can be charged. The Fault Determination Rules in Regulation 668 under the Insurance Act of Ontario finds that any driver or passenger that opens the door of the vehicle, on the driver’s side or passenger side is 100% responsible for any incident where a cyclist comes into contact with that door. Drivers convicted of “dooring” cyclists will now be fined $365 to $1000 (the previous minimum fines were $60 to $500), about double the current level and will also receive three (3) demerit points, up from the previous two (2) demerit points.
Dooring: this involves the act of a driver or passenger opening a door, on either side of the vehicle, where a cyclist ends up coming into contact with that opened door. Either the driver or passenger can be charged. The Fault Determination Rules in Regulation 668 under the Insurance Act of Ontario finds that any driver or passenger that opens the door of the vehicle, on the driver’s side or passenger side is 100% responsible for any incident where a cyclist comes into contact with that door.
Drivers convicted of “dooring” cyclists will now be fined $365 to $1000 (the previous minimum fine was $60 to $500), about double the current level and will also receive three (3) demerit points, up from the previous two (2) demerit points.

D.  Cyclists and their Bicycle Equipment:

A bike must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between ½ hour before sunset and ½ hour after sunrise, and white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on rear forks. Cyclists riding bicycles without the required lights and reflectors will face fines between $60.00 and $500.00 up from the previous fine of $20.00..
A bike must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between ½ hour before sunset and ½ hour after sunrise, and white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on rear forks. Cyclists riding bicycles without the required lights and reflectors will face fines between $60.00 and $500.00 up from the previous fine of $20.00. The fine is slightly higher than Alberta, where cyclists may face a fine of $100 for riding a bicycle at night, without lights. In Quebec, cyclists face a fine of $37 if their bicycles aren’t equipped with proper reflectors and cyclists may face a fine of $36 for riding a bicycle at night, without lights. Ontario cyclists will now be able to ride on paved shoulders (rather than the main lanes) on provincial highways, other than restricted-access highways, like the 401.

E.  Cyclists Must Now Be Provided 1 Metre/3.28084 Feet by Vehicles, When the Vehicle is Passing the Cyclist:

Drivers passing cyclists on the road will also have to keep at least one metre away from the cyclist, where practical. Motorists who do not respect a safe distance (1 Metre/3.28084 Feet) between their vehicle and the bicycle will be fined a minimum of $110 or $180 if the offence took place in a community safety zone. A conviction will result in the fine and the addition of two (2) demerit points to the motorist's driving record.
Drivers passing cyclists on the road will also have to keep at least one metre away from the cyclist, where practical. Motorists who do not respect a safe distance (1 Metre/3.28084 Feet) between their vehicle and the bicycle will be fined a minimum of $110 or $180 if the offence took place in a community safety zone. A conviction will result in the fine and the addition of two (2) demerit points to the motorist’s driving record.

F.  Tow Trucks. Motorists must slow down, and move over a lane, when tow trucks attend to roadside incidents and their amber lights are engaged.

Slow Down, Move Over requirement for motorists would apply to two trucks at side or roadside incidents when amber lights engaged, not just first responders like police. The minimum fine for failing to slow down and move over is $490. When there are accidents or vehicles needs to be removed from roads or highways, tow trucks become necessary and they want to do their jobs safely and return home safely after doing so.
Slow Down, Move Over requirement for motorists would apply to tow trucks at side or roadside incidents when amber lights engaged, not just first responders like police. The minimum fine for failing to slow down and move over is $490. When there are accidents or vehicles needs to be removed from roads or highways, tow trucks become necessary and they want to do their jobs safely and return home safely after doing so.

G.  Driver’s Licence can be used a valid photo identification, even after it has been revoked due to a medical condition, until it is formally reinstated:

The Ministry of Transportation (MOT) through the Medical Advisory Committee determine whether someone can continue to drive or not. If the Medical Advisory Committee determines that a driver poses a risk to others, that driver can have their licence immediately revoked. The MOT's Medical Advisory Committee has determined the following medical/mental conditions High risk conditions are conditions that are chronic, deteriorating, unstable or progressive such as Advanced dementia or Alzheimer's disease Uncontrolled seizures or diabetes Substance abuse, psychiatric disorders with symptoms of suicidal thoughts, extreme agitation, impulsive or violent behaviour etc. Uncontrolled sleep apnea refusing treatment Now, when a driver has lost his/her driving privileges in the past, the licence could not be maintained as a form or valid identification; that has now changed. The MOT will allow driver's who may be able to driver again in the future, to hold onto their driver's licence to be used as valid government photo identification. Low risk conditions are deemed to be those that do not pose an immediate or serious risk to road safety; conditions that are stable and/or temporary, such as Controlled sleep apnea Seizure occurring one year ago or more Controlled diabetes Heart disease Reactive depression Cast/splints Stable psychiatric disorders
The Ministry of Transportation (MOT) through the Medical Advisory Committee determine whether someone can continue to drive or not, based on medical/mental considerations. If the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) determines that a driver poses a risk to others, that driver will have their licence immediately revoked via the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. IF the MAC determines that the medical/mental condition can stablize and is temporary (which do not pose as an immediate,  serious risk to road safety) then the licence can be reinstated,
Now, when a driver has lost his/her driving privileges in the past, the licence could not be maintained as a form or valid identification; that has now changed. The MOT will allow driver’s who may be able to driver again in the future, to hold onto their driver’s licence to be used as valid government photo identification. It would be useful in the Oct.19/15 Federal Election.

H.  Medically Unfit Drivers, Drivers with Medical Conditions:

Bill 31, Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario's Roads Safer), 2015 strengthens mandatory and discretionary medical reporting requirements for conditions that impact driving ability. More medical professionals will be allowed to report conditions impacting driving. Most Canadian jurisdictions rely on the CMA guidelines Determining Medical Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Physicians (15) as a guide to determine when a driver’s license should be suspended and restored.
Bill 31, Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario’s Roads Safer), 2015 strengthens mandatory and discretionary medical reporting requirements for conditions that impact driving ability. More medical professionals will be allowed to report conditions impacting driving.
Most Canadian jurisdictions rely on the CMA guidelines Determining Medical Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Physicians (15) as a guide to determine when a driver’s license should be suspended and restored.
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