Q&A - Ticketed for Failing to Yield to Pedestrians
Had a nice policeman come talk to me today and give me a violation ticket for driving without consideration 144 (1)(b). The offence allegedly happened over 2 months ago in another town 4 hours north of me.
The officer providing the ticket in person states that the violation explanation is very vague and doesnt understand what i specifically am being charged with. I called the officer long distance who is the enforcement officer handling this. He's not at work this week. The dispatch/reception explained he was chargung me with almost hitting a child on a crosswalk while making a left turn.
Heres the scenario: i was going through an intersection off a major hwy turning left. There is no advanced turn here. I proceeded with caution lots of oncoming traffic at that time.
While waiting to make my turn safely i noticed a large group of children with a caregiver walking towards the crosswalk although not to it yet. Still waiting for oncoming cars. I get a break in traffic to make the turn and as i am turning the womans kids ran in front on me but onto the crosswalk. She stopped them and i slammed on my brakes at the same time.
After i stopped she crossed the road with the children. Their pedestrian light was not signalling to walk they did not even push the button.
I was making the remainder of my left turn on a yellow light for me as i was trapped in the intersection about to turn red. Did not stop on the crosswalk but rather before it in the oncoming lane.
Where the crosswalk comes up there is a hill on that side and it makes it hard to see kids run up until they are in front of you. I was aware of this as i saw them walking towards the crosswalk.
My question is why this charge? Why would an officer not issue a ticket when the incident happened?
I have never had a parking ticket, speeding ticket or any situation involving the rcmp. Heck i've never even been in a fender bender in the 12 years of driving i have a completely clean record?
I do not understand how i'm being fined with such a serious offence when i feel i was making the turn appropriately being green for me and no go for the pedestrian.
I'm worried about the dispute process. 6 points against me for a 1st offence that involved no damage to anyone or any property thank goodness. I'm concerned how this will impact my future as my husband works away for months at a time and my entire career involves having a squeaky clean criminal and driving record.
Any advice or insight into this is appreciated. I searched through the forum but did not find anything involving pedestrians. I'm in shock right now and looking at what my options are. I cannot afford to have the points as any prevents me from being employed.. Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond