1. Cutting a crosswalk early
Have you ever seen a car hurry through a pedestrian crosswalk on their side of the road when a pedestrian was in the other half of the walk? At crosswalks, the pedestrian has to fully clear the crosswalk and be back on the sidewalk before you can proceed.
If you’re caught not waiting for them to clear, you could be handling a fine between $150 and $500 as well as three demerit points. Do it in a school or community safety zone and these penalties could double. The justification for this is pretty clear: a vehicle on the other side seeing traffic might not be aware that there is still a pedestrian crossing the road and could risk a collision.
2. Distracted driving isn’t just about texting
Applying lipstick on your commute to work? Snacking with both hands on the highway? These are all examples of distracted driving. That’s right – it’s not just limited to your phone. You might not always get pulled over for eating or primping on the road, but an accident that occurs as a direct result of distracted driving could stick you with charges and liability.
3. Obscuring the windshield
We all like to deck out our ride, whether it’s with dashboard dolls, window stickers or rear-view mirror accessories. But those dreamcatchers or fuzzy dice may result in a fine of $85 in Ontario, that is if they obstruct your vision out of the front windshield. Make sure you always have a clear, unobstructed view out of your car - it’s not just safe, it’s the law.