The Shelburne Police Service regularly monitors intersections that are controlled by traffic lights and stop signs. As a result, numerous drivers are charged or warned in relation to infractions.
Intersections are a common location for motor vehicle collisions. Pedestrians are also active at intersections, which add to the importance of promoting safe practices at these locations. Shelburne police service will be holding a week long intersection enforcement blitz. This traffic enforcement blitz will take place from Sunday May 7th to Saturday May 13th. During this blitz, officers will dedicate extra enforcement at the four traffic light controlled intersections, and numerous stop sign enforced intersections in town.
A common misconception is that there is no offence for driving into or through an intersection on an amber light. The law states that entering an intersection on an amber light is only acceptable if it is not safe to stop. In other words, amber light means ‘stop’, unless it is unsafe to do so. This also means that accelerating to try and beat the red light is not acceptable.
Another dangerous habit some drivers have, is anticipating the light turning green. These drivers watch the opposing direction turn amber or red, and start accelerating into the intersection before their light turns green. The potential of a serious collision is significantly increased when one driver is trying beat the red light, and another driver prematurely anticipates their green light.
Everyone’s safety should be every driver’s priority. Intersections are often busy locations with all types of motor vehicles, as well as pedestrians and cyclists trying to navigate through.
Here are some of the most common offences in relation to intersections:
- Red Light – Fail to Stop: 3 Demerit Points, $325.00 Fine ($490.00 in a community safety zone)
- Amber Light – Fail to Stop: 3 Demerit Points, $180.00 Fine ($365.00 in community safety zone)
- Red light – Proceed before green: 3 Demerit Points, $325.00 Fine ($490.00 in community safety zone)
- Disobey Stop Sign – Fail to Stop: 3 Demerit Point, $110.00 Fine ($150.00 in a community safety zone)
- Disobey Stop Sign – Stop wrong place: 3 Demerit Point, $110.00 Fine ($150.00 in a community safety zone)
- Fail to Yield to Pedestrian: 3 Demerit Point, $180.00 ($365.00 in a community safety zone)
- Pedestrian Disobey “Don’t Walk” signal: 0 Demerit Point, $50.00 Fine
MAY 14, 2017
During the week of May 7th to May 13th the Shelburne Police Service held a traffic enforcement blitz targeting intersections that are controlled by traffic lights and stop signs. During this week long initiative approximately 27 hours, over and above regular patrol and enforcement, were dedicated to intersections. This initiative proved to be very successful with the following breakdown of infractions:
Red Light – Fail to Stop: 6 Provincial Offence Notices
Amber Light – Fail to Stop: 1 Provincial Offence Notice and 3 cautions
Disobey Stop Sign – Fail to Stop: 5 Provincial Offence Notices and 7 cautions
Disobey Lane Light: 2 Provincial Offence Notices
Fail to Yield to Pedestrian: 1 caution
Miscellaneous: 4 Provincial Offence Notices
Total: 17 infractions and 11 cautions
The Shelburne Police Service urges all drivers to place safety at the top of their list of priorities. Intersections are busy locations with cars, pedestrians and cyclists. Being in a rush or being inattentive while driving can have tragic consequences, especially at an intersection.