Safe crosswalk behaviour
Since 2012, there have been over 1,000 victims of crosswalk collisions in the Halifax region. As part of the ongoing Heads up Halifax campaign, remember to stop and lock when crossing at a crosswalk: make eye contact with drivers, pedestrians, or cyclists when approaching a crosswalk to ensure you are seen and your intentions understood. No assumptions. No surprises. Other good (meaning: safe) behaviour around crosswalks includes:
slowing down as you approach a crosswalk and scanning the street when approaching crosswalks and intersections
pressing the button to activate the overhead lights (when they exist) and not crossing the street when the flashing hand sign is present
avoiding all distractions when driving or walking into a crosswalk area, whether people or cars or bikes are present or not
Misconceptions about crosswalk safety
Halifax Regional Police remind pedestrians and drivers of the laws around crosswalk safety.
I can enter the crosswalk when the hand is flashing or countdown timer has started
This is false. It’s against the law to enter the crosswalk if the hand is flashing or countdown timer has started. But if you’ve already started to cross when the hand starts flashing or countdown timer begins, don’t worry, you can still finish your crossing.
I have to use the overhead flashing lights at a crosswalk where they’re available
That’s true. It’s the law to press the button to use the overhead flashing lights at a crosswalk where they’re available.
I can park my car two metres from a crosswalk
Nope. You can’t stop or park a vehicle within five metres of a crosswalk.
Crosswalks only exist if they’re marked
Not even close. Every intersection has a crosswalk. Crosswalks exist on all legs of an intersection, whether marked or unmarked. Either way, drivers must yield to pedestrians waiting to cross or when they’re already in a crosswalk.