Motorists and pedestrians are urged to be extra cautious around crosswalks and intersections as another school year starts. “September is a busy time of the year on our roads as children go back to school and thousands of post-secondary students return to the province,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Motorists and pedestrians have a shared responsibility to ensure they are following the rules around crosswalks and intersections.” The province introduced amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act on June 1 to help clarify the responsibilities of pedestrians and drivers when it comes to crosswalk safety. Motorists are reminded to: use marked crosswalks, when available; obey pedestrian traffic signs; make eye contact with motorists before crossing the street to ensure they see them; and check for approaching or turning traffic, even when you have a walk signal or crossing light. yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk or who show intent to cross — crosswalks exist at every intersection whether marked or unmarked; be alert for pedestrians who appear indecisive or inattentive; not pass slowed or stopped vehicles in the next lane until sure no pedestrians are crossing; and take extra care when driving at night or in bad weather — pedestrians can be hard to see. Pedestrians are reminded to: Drivers should also be aware that fines for speeding in a school zone are double and four demerit points will be assigned to driver’s records. The fines, range from about $452 to $1452, including court costs. For more information on crosswalk safety, visit the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website at www.gov.ns.ca/trans .