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New law takes effect for crossovers

A new law about crossovers came into effect across Ontario on Jan. 1, and breaking it could bring a fine of up to $500.

Wait for it — now hitting the gas too soon could bring fine of up to $500

Drivers must now wait until pedestrians have completely stepped off the road before they can continue on their way at crosswalks with lights and in school crossing zones. (CBC)

A new law about crossovers came into effect across Ontario on Jan. 1, and breaking it could bring a fine of up to $500. 

At crossovers with lights and school crossing zones with guards, drivers must now wait until pedestrians have completely stepped off the road before they can continue on their way.

The new rule is meant to make roads safer for schoolchildren, pedestrians and crossing guards.

"Once the pedestrian is on the roadway that's different because now traffic has to stop in both directions," said Const. Clint Stibbe of the Toronto Police Service.

Hitting the gas too soon could bring a fine between $150 and $500 — double when the offence happens at a school crosswalk.

Some say the new law will be a challenge for police. 

"It's silly because especially in downtown I mean it doesn't work like that, people they even pass through the red lights, it's very, very difficult to enforce," taxi driver Isiah Tashome told CBC News. 

"I don't know how they're going to enforce that."

CBC Toronto's cameras had little trouble this weekend spotting motorists breaking the new law. 

Toronto motorists roll past a new law requiring them to stay stopped a little longer at lighted crosswalks. 0:17