Antigonish RCMP Media Release

Posted on April 3, 2012

RCMP say, Motorists to Obey Crossing Guards in School Zones

Police have been receiving complaints of motorists not obeying cross guards at crosswalks in school zones. Motorists are proceeding through the crosswalk behind the crossing guard when he or she is still not completely across the street with the children. Sgt REFILL says “the role of the cross guard is to insure the safety of children crossing the road on their way to school. The crossing guard is to display an approved stop sign in an upright position so that it is visible to all approaching vehicular traffic, enter into the middle of the intersection while continuing to display the stop sign and ensure that all approaching vehicles have stopped. When a stop sign is displayed the drivers of any vehicles approaching the crosswalk shall stop no closer than five meters from the crosswalk. The drivers shall remain stopped until the crossing guard completes the safe crossing of the children and lowers the stop sign and safely clear themselves of the crosswalk.

It is an offence under section 125(A)(4) of the Motor Vehicle Act for a driver of a vehicle to fail to obey a crossing guard who is directing children in a crosswalk. The fine is $687.41 and (6) demerit points.

RCMP would like to advise the public that they will be enforcing this section of the Motor Vehicle Act as part of their Road Safety objective.

Authority for release:
B.J.(Brian) REHILL, Sgt
Operations NCO
Antigonish District
(902)-863-5570 fax


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