Cpl. Jodi Shelkie of the Fort St. John RCMP says streets around schools often become congested at drop-off and pick-up times, as parents have a hard time finding parking and sometimes resort to parking on marked crosswalks.
“It is an offence to park a vehicle with six metres of a crosswalk,” Cpl. Shelkie wrote in a press release. “Doing so obstructs the visibility of crossing pedestrians and drivers approaching the crosswalk making it very dangerous.”
Cpl. Shelki is also reminding pedestrians crossing at a crosswalk that they should always make the intent to cross the street known and never enter when a vehicle has already entered the intersection.
“Pedestrians may have the right of way at a crosswalk, but approaching vehicles need to be given enough time to stop,” Cpl. Shelki wrote in the same release. “Always stop, look and listen to ensure vehicles are going to stop before stepping into the street.”
Cpl. Shelki goes one to say drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians who are lawfully within a cross walk.
“Be safe around crosswalks,” Cpl. Shelki concluded. “Park well away from them a keep your eyes open, whether you’re a pedestrian or motorist.”