In their continued effort to address traffic safety issues and educate citizens on the rules of the road, the HRP/RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit will focus on safe sharing of our roadways by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians throughout the month of August.
Over the past few years, the Motor Vehicle Act has been amended to make our roads safer for everyone. Fines for failing to yield the right-of-way have increased; motorists who fail to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk face a fine of $687.41 and pedestrians who fail to yield the right-of-way to motorists are subject to a fine of $399.91. New laws, including making it mandatory for motorists to provide at least one meter clearance when passing cyclists, make it safer for cyclists to use the roadways. HRM Partners in Policing reminds everyone that road safety is a shared responsibility.
The unit’s focus in July was speed and distracted driving enforcement. Officers issued a total of 1,488 tickets across HRM during the month, including over 250 for speed and driver distraction related infractions.