The information about the nationwide operation was provided by the Pomeranian police. “Unprotected traffic participants” will take place on May 12. Drivers have to prepare for the increased number of officers who will appear on the roads that day. This time, however, the uniforms will not measure speed.
Officers want to pay attention to the safety of passers-by. The behavior of drivers towards pedestrians, cyclists, users of scooters and other two-wheelers will be checked.
Drivers can look for police cars mainly near the lanes, bicycle routes and bicycle paths. For example, a fine will be given to any driver who is found overtaking another vehicle at a pedestrian crossing.
Penalties for drivers
The new tariff provides drivers with very severe penalties for breaking pedestrian traffic regulations. According to the website autostart.pl, the penalties are punishable for:
- Failure to give way to a pedestrian on a pedestrian crossing or entering it – PLN 1,500
- The driver of a vehicle that turns into a transverse road must not give up priority to a pedestrian crossing the road at the crossroads on which he is entering – PLN 1,500
- Failure to give way to pedestrians when crossing a sidewalk or a pedestrian path or when driving on a square where pedestrian and vehicle traffic takes place on the same surface – PLN 1,500
- Failure to give way to pedestrians by the vehicle driver when joining the traffic – PLN 1,500
- Failure to give way to pedestrians when reversing with a vehicle – PLN 1,500
- Failure to give way to pedestrians by the vehicle driver in the residential area – PLN 1,500
- Failure to stop the vehicle to enable a person with a disability to cross the road, using a special sign, or a person with visible reduced mobility – PLN 1,500
- Overtaking a vehicle at a pedestrian crossing where the traffic is not being directed or immediately in front of this crossing – PLN 1,500
- Avoiding a vehicle that was driving in the same direction, but stopped in order to give way to a pedestrian – PLN 1,500
- Violation of the ban on driving along the pavement or pedestrian crossing – PLN 1,500
- Violation of the obligation to stop the vehicle in such a place and for such time as to allow pedestrians free access to public transport vehicles – in the absence of an island for passengers at the stop – PLN 1,500
Penalties for pedestrians
It is worth remembering that on May 12, pedestrians will also be watched. A fine – PLN 300 – threatens, for example, for using a telephone when crossing the lanes. Here is the complete list of penalties that may face pedestrians:
- Entering the track when the dams or half-dams are abandoned or leaving them – 2000 PLN
- Violation of the obligation for a pedestrian to use a pavement or a pedestrian road, and in the absence of such a roadside – PLN 50
- Violation of the obligation to walk on the left side of the road by a pedestrian walking on the side of the road – PLN 50
- Breach by pedestrians of the obligation to move on the road one by one – PLN 50
- Violation of pedestrian traffic regulations on bicycle lanes – PLN 50
- Failure to comply with the obligation to use reflective elements in a manner visible to other road users by pedestrians walking on the road at dusk outside built-up areas, unless they are on a road intended only for pedestrians or on the pavement – PLN 100
- Violation of the obligation to use pedestrian crossings when entering the road or track and when crossing the road or track – PLN 50
- Entering the road directly in front of a moving vehicle at pedestrian crossings – PLN 150
- Entering the road directly in front of a moving vehicle in places other than pedestrian crossings – PLN 200
- Entering the road from outside the vehicle or other obstacle limiting the visibility of the road – PLN 200
- Crossing the road in places with limited road visibility in a built-up area – PLN 50
- Crossing the road in places with limited road visibility in an undeveloped area – PLN 100
- Slowing down or stopping without a justified need when crossing the road or track – PLN 50
- Running across the road – PLN 50
- Walking on the track – PLN 50
- Crossing the road in a place where safety devices or an obstacle separate the pedestrian road or the pavement from the road – PLN 50
- Pedestrian use of a telephone or other electronic device when entering or crossing the road or track, including when entering or crossing a pedestrian crossing – in a way that reduces the possibility of observing the situation on the road, track or pedestrian crossing – 300 zloty.
Please note that uniforms may not be visible during their activities and document the offenses also using e.g. drones.
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