Week Long Pedestrian Safety Campaign/Blitz

Update: see previous posts – September 23, 2010 Back to School 2 Week Campaign – 2010 Results, August 26, 2010 Police Lay 400 Charges Against Cyclists/Pedestrians, May 11, 2010 Cell Phone Ban has Netted Thousands of Tickets in Toronto, March 29, 2010 Toronto’s Zero-Tolerance Bicycle Blitz, February 7, 2010 JayWalking Tickets, November 16, 2009 Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians – Toronto (2008), October 29, 2010 Driver Reading Book Charged with Careless Driving

During this week long blitz, focus will be on enforcement of the rules of the road. Police will be watching pedestrians and cyclists and issuing tickets in/at:

  • school zones
  • crosswalks
  • intersections
  • Toronto Police will be busy across the city, emphasizing “Education and Enforcement” during this week long Pedestrian safety campaign that they are conducting.

    Police will be at intersections ensuring that driver’s and bicyclists are following the rules by safely stopping at intersections behind streetcars and before turning right. In addition to this, parking enforcement officers will be issuing tickets to motor vehicles illegally parked too close to intersections.

    Police will be carefully monitoring crosswalks, and ensuring that bicycles and motor vehicles come to a complete stop to allow pedestrians to safely cross the road.

    If police observe any driver’s using a handheld cell phone or reading, or driver’s or their passengers not wearing their seatbelts, they will be charged under the Highway Traffic Act.

    Tickets will be issued to pedestrians that are considered to be jaywalking.  Police will have a large presence on Front Street outside Union Station and along Bay Street.  Many officers will be found at the intersections located at Dundas Street & Yonge Street and Dundas Street W & Bay Street. Broadview Avenue & Danforth Avenue will be another area where cyclists and pedestrians will be observed all week.

    It is reported that pedestrians are much more at risk between the months of November to March due to the shorter days and lack of sunlight (“standard time” as opposed to “daylight saving time”). There are more collisions and pedestrian fatalities during these five (5) months.

    Tickets that will be Issued to Pedestrians/Cyclists

    Laws that will most likely result in tickets being issued to Pedestrians & Cyclists: (Listed in this order: Offence, section of the Highway Traffic Act & fine-see August 1, 2010 schedule 43):

    Pedestrians:

  • Pedestrian fail to yield at crossover – s. 140(4) – $35.00 fine
  • Pedestrian fail to use cross-walk – s. 144(22)– $35.00 fine
  • Pedestrian disobey flashing green light -s.144(24)– $35.00 fine
  • Pedestrian disobey red light -s.144(25)– $35.00 fine
  • Pedestrian disobey amber light -s.144(25)– $35.00 fine
  • Pedestrian disobey “don’t walk” signal -s.144(29)– $35.00 fine
  • Solicit a ride -s.177(1) – $50.00 fine
  • Person – attach to vehicle -s.178(4) – $85.00 fine
  • Person – attach to streetcar -s.178(4) – $85.00 fine
  • Pedestrian fail to walk on left side of highway – s.179 – $35.00 fine
  • Pedestrian on roadway fail to keep to left edge-s.179 – $35.00 fine
  • Litter Highway – s.180 – $85.00 fine
  • Cyclists: (NSF= $ No Set Fine) (HTA = Highway Traffic Act)                                

  • Permit person under 16 on power-assisted bicycle -s.38(2) – NSF
  • Improper brakes on motor-assisted bicycle – s.64(2) – $85.00 fine
  • Improper brakes on power-assisted bicycle – s.64(2) – $85.00 fine
  • Improper brakes on bicycle – s.64(3) – $85.00 fine
  • No horn – motor-assisted bicycle – s.75(5) – $85.00 fine
  • No horn – bicycle – s.75(5) – $85.00 fine
  • Defective horn – motor-assisted bicycle – s.75(5) – $85.00 fine
  • Defective horn – bicycle – s.75(5) – $85.00 fine
  • Fail to wear proper helmet on power-assisted bicycle:
    section 103.1(2) of the HTA – $85.00 fine
  • Fail to wear proper helmet on motor-assisted bicycle:
    section 104(1) of the HTA – $85.00 fine
  • Carry passenger under 16 not wearing proper helmet:
    section 104(2) of the HTA – $85.00 fine
  • Fail to wear proper helmet on bicycle – s.104(2.1) – $60.00 fine
  • Permit person under 16 not wearing proper helmet on bicycle:
    section 104(2.2) of the HTA – $60.00 fine
  • Cyclist – ride in crossover – s.140(6) – $85.00 fine
  • Improper arm signal – s.142(4) – $85.00 fine
  • Cyclist – ride in or along crosswalk – s.144(29)– $85.00 fine
  • Bicycle – fail to turn out to right when overtaken:
    section 148(6) of the HTA – $85.00 fine
  • Bicyle – fail to turn out to right when overtaken-community safety zone:
    section 148(6) of the HTA – $120.00 fine
  • Motor assisted bicycle – fail to turn out to right when overtaken:
    section 148(6) of the HTA – $85.00 fine
  • Motor assisted bicyle-fail to turn out to right when overtaken – community safety zone – section 148(6) of the HTA – $120.00 fine
  • Pass street car improperly (applies all forms of bicycles and motor vehicles and horses) every rider or driver must stay back at least 2 metres (2 meters = 6.56167979 feet) from the front/back door of the streetcar until all passengers get on/get off and the doors are closed. If you move up before the doors close, you’ll be ticketed. – s.166(1) – $85.00 fine ($150.00 fine in a community safety zone)
  • Approach open streetcar door too closely (applies to all forms of bicycles, motor vehicles and horses) every rider or driver must stay back at least 2 metres (6.56167979 feet) from the front/back street car doors – s.166(2) – $85.00 fine ($150 fine in a community safety zone)
  • Frighten Animal (applies to a motor-assisted bicycle and motor vehicles) every driver or rider must control their motor vehicle or their motor assisted bicycle, so as to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent the frightening of the horse or other animal. This is to prevent the animal and or those around the animal from being injured or worse – s.167 – $85.00 fine ($120.00 fine in a community safety zone)
  • Ride two (2) on a bicycle – s.178(2) – $85.00 fine
  • Ride another on a motor-assisted bicycle – s.178(3) – $85.00 fine
  • Cyclist – Fail to Stop – s.218(2) – $85.00 fine
  • Cyclist – Fail to Identify Self – s.218(2) – $85.00 fine
  • Keep in mind that the fines that are reflected above are not the total payable amount, in the event that you fight your ticket and lose or if you just pay it.

    On top of the fine is victim fine surcharges (explained below) and the court costs of $5.00.  The two (2) most common fines found under the pedestrian/cyclist headings are a $35.00 fine and an $85.00 fine. Here is the breakdown for those two fines:

    $35 fine + victim fine surcharge of $10.00 + $5.00 court costs = Total Payable $50.00

    $85 fine + victim fine surcharge of $20.00 + $5.00 court costs= Total Payable $110.00

    Victim Fine Surcharges:

    This surcharge is applied against set fines, where convictions have been registered (Part I or Part III of the Act) – see section 60 of the Provincial Offences Act.

    This surcharge is 20% of the imposed fine (ie. if the fine is $100.00 then the surcharge will be $20.00). It remains 20% up to a $1000.00.  Any fine over $1000.00 will have a surcharge of 25%.

    The victim fine surcharge can be found within the Provincial Offences Act (Ontario Regulation 161/00).  The Victim Fine Surcharge ranges from $10 (for set fines between $0-$50) up to $125 (for set fines  between $501 to $1000) and a surcharge of 25% of any fine imposed over $1000.00:

    Fine Range        Surcharge

    $0 – 50           = $ 10

    $51 – 75          = $ 15

    $76 – 100       = $ 20

    $101 – 150     = $ 25

    $151 – 200     = $ 35

    $201 – 250     = $ 50

    $251 – 300     = $ 60

    $301 – 350     = $ 75

    $351 – 400     = $ 85

    $401 – 450     = $ 95

    $451 – 500     = $ 110

    $501 – 1000  = $ 125

    $ 1000.00 and over – Surcharge is 25% of the actual fine

    Changes to the Highway Traffic Act, as of Dec.1/10 with respect to bicycles:

    Effective December 1, 2010 the Highway Traffic Act will undergo a number of amendments as a result the passing of Bill 126 (Ontario Road Safety Act) in 2009.

    This Bill made some miscellaneous amendments concerning bicycles:

  • In the current section 104 of the Act, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations respecting helmets. This is amended to authorize the Minister of Transportation to make the regulations.
  • Subsection 75 (2) of the Act currently provides that the requirement of subsection 75 (1) that every motor vehicle have a muffler does not apply to a motor-assisted bicycle with an attached motor that is driven by electricity. Subsection 75 (2) is re-enacted to specify that subsection 75 (1) does not apply to a motor-assisted bicycle or motor vehicle that is driven entirely by electricity.
  • The definition of “bicycle” is amended to include power-assisted bicycles, which are themselves defined. A power-assisted bicycle is a bicycle with a power assist, as defined in federal regulations, but it must still be capable of being propelled solely by muscular power.
  • Section 38 of the Act, which prohibits persons under 16 from driving a motor-assisted bicycle, is amended to apply to power-assisted bicycles as well.
  • Sections 62 and 64 are amended to address the requirements respecting lights, reflectors and lamps for power-assisted bicycles. New section 103.1 provides for regulations establishing additional equipment requirements and other requirements and standards for power-assisted bicycles. New section 103.1 also requires a person to wear a motorcycle helmet or bicycle helmet while driving a power-assisted bicycle. A consequential amendment is made to section 104.
  • Update: November 18, 2010

    Results of 2010 Pedestrian Campaign Blitz

    On Sunday, November 14, 2010 Toronto Police concluded their week-long “STEP (Safety Tips for Educating Pedestrians in an Urban Population) and Be Safe” Pedestrian Campaign. As a result of this week long campaign, concentrating on enforcement and ticketing offenders, police were able to issue 13, 126 tickets.

    The breakdown of the 13, 126 tickets is as follows:

  • 7,034 tickets were issued to motorists and cyclists for “other” hazardous offences that affected pedestrians
  • 1,186 tickets were issued to pedestrians
  • 1,496 tickets were issued for disobeying stop signs
  • 1,236 tickets were issued for improper right/left turns
  • 1,047 tickets were issued for red/amber – fail to stop
  • 1,019 parking offences were issued for interfering with the safe use of pedestrian crosswalks, crossovers and school zones
  • 198 charges were laid for cyclists – ride in crosswalk/crossover
  • 51 charges were laid for disobeying School Bus signals
  • Pedestrians are much more at risk between the months of November to March due to the shorter days and lack of sunlight (“standard time” as opposed to “daylight saving time”). There are more collisions and pedestrian fatalities during these five (5) months (November, December, January, February, March).

    As of today’s date (Nov.18/10) there have been 34 traffic fatalities in Toronto. An average of six to seven pedestrians are struck by vehicles in Toronto every day.

    Sixteen of this year’s 34 traffic-related fatalities in Toronto are pedestrian deaths. At this point last year, 27 pedestrians were killed in Toronto, and 31 pedestrians were killed in the whole year.

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