One of the new laws which has come into effect in 2016 aims to protect children, crossing guards and other pedestrians. The new law states that drivers may not proceed through an intersection specifically marked or with a crossing guard on duty until all pedestrians have left the road completely.

Detachment Commander for the Kapuskasing and Hearst OPP, Mike Pilon says anytime there is a new law in effect there is a period of education for drivers. He says some of the most vulnerable areas, like school crossings, will be monitored by police. Disobeying the new law could mean fines of as much as $500 in extreme cases.

In small northern communities like ours this means drivers will have to be extra careful, especially in school zones and could cause slightly more traffic.

(Written by Greg Rosser)