Pedestrian Crossing Violation

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Pedestrian Crossing Violation

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I was backing up in my driveway and struck a pedestrian on the sidewalk that intersects my driveway. The pedestrian must have stopped walking in my blindspot and then started again just as I began backing up - I never saw her. I received a ticket for fail to yield to pedestrian HTA 140 (1) (a). There were minor injuries to the pedestrian.
My question: Is my driveway considered a roadway under the HTA? Should I have been charged under the HTA?
I believe that a city bylaw covers sidewalks that intersects private driveways but I wasn't charged under the bylaw.


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Under HTA definitions, the sidewalk would be considered part of the highway, not the roadway. While you certainly can be charged under the HTA for your accident, I don't think you were charged under the correct section. If that's the case, the Crown may withdraw the charge. Hopefully someone else can confirm.


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Unread post by Time Lord on

Well figure this out for a By-Law that is nonsensical
You cannot park on your own property unless it is a driveway !!!!!!! this is the most pathetic piece of so called legislation I have heard (well there are several to be honest).... so basically they can say and do whatever they please in regard to your own land.... They may have used the wrong ```law```but I expect they will twist it and say it was the road ...hard to get logic and facts to be presented these days without video and pics which they are fast trying to stop us using....sad times


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Unread post by syntst on

Charge was withdrawn today. Seems the private driveway and sidewalk are not part of the highway or roadway as the constable thought. Charges under the HTA were incorrect and it should have been the city bylaw but of course city bylaw infractions are not as sexy as HTA violations. If they would stick to the law instead of trying to make a charge fit the offence I think we'd all be better off.


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Unread post by hwybear on

syntst wrote:Seems the private driveway and sidewalk are not part of the highway or roadway as the constable thought..
well the officer is correct as the sidewalk is part of the "lateral property lines" that the municipality owns defined in the HTA, however what caused the glitch or "lucky for you" was that a "pedestrian crossover" definition is not applicable for sidewalks parallel to the road. The "pedestrian crossover" must "cross" the roadway.

thanks for the update for all the members, good job!




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