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Education and Enforcement Campaign: New Traffic Laws at School Crossings

The City of Peterborough and Peterborough Police Services are kicking off a joint educational and enforcement campaign to support the new traffic laws regarding school crossings that came into effect on January 1, 2016. The campaign will target drivers or cyclists who fail to stop and yield the entire roadway to pedestrians and crossing guards at school crossings.

“A recent review by city staff identified numerous violations of the new law at multiple school crossing locations. This campaign should raise awareness of the new laws and remind drivers to play their part in improving safety in our school zones”, says the City’s Manager of Transportation Kevin Jones.

To raise awareness for the campaign, radio ads will run on local stations promoting the new traffic laws. Commencing February 22, 2016, Peterborough Police Services Traffic Unit will be at various school crossings within the City, reminding drivers about the new rules of the road and undertaking enforcement.

“Violating the new laws can bring a fine of $150 to $500, plus 3 demerit points. It only takes a couple of extra seconds to allow the guards and children to completely clear the roadway before proceeding through a school crossing. It is just not worth the risk” says Sgt. Jeff Chartier of the City Police Traffic Unit.

Additional information about the new law is available on the City of Peterborough website at