The week of August 28th, drivers and pedestrians will see a new addition to the streets of Clinton. Called “pedestrian crossovers”, these street design features will improve public safety for children crossing on their way to and from school and pedestrians accessing the downtown core.
Pedestrian crossovers mean new changes for drivers, too. Failure to stop for pedestrians who have indicated they want to cross could mean a fine of up to $500 and 3 demerit points. Drivers must also wait for pedestrians to cross completely before proceeding.
“These crossover are a new standard in the Ontario Traffic Manual,” says Mike Hausser, Manager of Huron County Public Works. “We’re proactively replacing existing pedestrian crossings to make expectations clearer to drivers and pedestrians,” adding, “you’ll be seeing these new pavement markings and signs throughout Ontario.”
The new pavement markings include a ladder design marking the crosswalk and a line of white triangles marking the spot where drivers are required to stop when a pedestrian has indicated they’d like to cross. The new pedestrian crossing signs will have a push button and yellow lights to alert drivers of the pedestrian. Both pedestrians and drivers should also make eye contact with each other, to be sure they’ve been seen. Several parking spaces will be removed to make space for the crossings, and ensure pedestrians are visible to drivers.
The new crossovers are replacing existing crossings along Victoria/Albert St.
– Near Albert St. & Park Lane
– Near Albert St. & Rattenbury St.
– Near Victoria St. & plaza, south of lights
– Near Victoria St. & Railway St.
The Coalition for Huron Injury Prevention (CHIP) will be distributing materials to help drivers, pedestrians and cyclists use this new feature correctly.