Definition of Fail to Yield
The term “failure to yield” or “fail to give way) encompasses several legal provisions that dictate the behaviour of drivers at intersections, signs, and private roads.
Fail to Yield to Traffic on Through Highway s. 136.1(b)
The failure to yield to traffic on a through highway, as stated in s. 136.1(b), places a duty on drivers at intersections controlled by a stop sign. Drivers must remain stopped, if necessary, to ensure that crossing traffic has cleared. Compliance with this section ensures several benefits:
- Safety: Adhering to the right-of-way laws reduces accidents by giving clear rules on who has the right to proceed.
- Traffic Flow: Such laws ensure a smoother flow of traffic, minimizing congestion and potential delays, and providing a more predictable and manageable driving environment.
- Legal Compliance: By understanding this specific law, drivers in Ontario can maintain a clean driving record and avoid unnecessary legal trouble.
Fail to Yield – Sign s.138.1
Under s.138.1, failure to yield at a sign occurs when drivers do not comply with the stipulated guidelines, such as:
- Assessing Traffic: Failing to appropriately assess and respond to traffic conditions.
- Ignoring Pedestrian Rights: This might include a fail to yield to a pedestrian, exacerbating the risk involved.
- Comprehensive Understanding: Understanding how signs function is essential for safe driving and can help you avoid a ticket.
Fail to Yield from Private Road s.139.1
A failure to yield from a private road, according to s.139.1, involves a driver not giving right-of-way to oncoming traffic when exiting a private road or driveway. This specific offence can create confusion and contribute to collisions.
- Increased Collision Risk: Misjudgment while exiting private roads or driveways can lead to accidents.
- Legal Liability: This could lead to fines or legal actions, especially if there is an associated accident.