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Driving through "local traffic" sign
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:33 pm 
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Hi,

This is my first posting so please bear with me.

I was pulled over for going through a "local traffic" sign. When the constable asked me why I did that, I told him that I was working 1.5 km away from that "local Traffic" sign. He charged me for going through a closed highway but I'm not even sure if he got the right section. 134 (3)?

I should also note that there was no detour posted on the sign "local traffic only". And that I was able to bypass the second set of signs further down the road stating "road closed".

After taking with this constable he told me that unless I had business in the area that I had no right to go through those signs, I was working in the area I thought for sure it was my right to go through.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:56 am 
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snowmann35 wrote:
I was pulled over for going through a "local traffic" sign. When the constable asked me why I did that, I told him that I was working 1.5 km away from that "local Traffic" sign. He charged me for going through a closed highway but I'm not even sure if he got the right section. 134 (3)?


Actually based on your description, you were pulled over and charged for driving on a section of road with (by your own admission) a "Road Closed" sign. The "local traffic only" is a bit subjective and the officer didn't tag you for it. Just to clarify, though, was the "road closed" sign actually "Road Closed, Local Traffic Only" or just "Road Closed"?

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Driving on closed highway prohibited

(3) Where signs or traffic control devices have been posted or placed under subsection (2), no person shall drive or operate a vehicle on the closed highway or part thereof in intentional disobedience of the signs or traffic control devices. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 134 (3).


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snowmann35 wrote:
I should also note that there was no detour posted on the sign "local traffic only".


They don't have to post a detour.

Anyway, let me know if the "road closed" sign also had "local traffic only" attached to it and we can go from there. If this was in a rural area with almost no other options, the "local traffic only" might be accepted (less than 50% chance though); if it's in a town or city, then the idea that you're within 1.5 kilometres is not going to work.

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