The Town of Newmarket is committed to making traffic and road safety a priority. Newmarket By-law Enforcement Officers are committed to serving, protecting and providing a desired quality of life for all residents and visitors. Part of what we do is work closely with other community partners to keep our roads safe and implement traffic control measures to increase safety, ensure parking and traffic regulations are followed and decrease congestion on Newmarket roads.
Common Traffic Signs
Traffic laws include traffic signs and pedestrian signals that tell drivers and other road users what they must do in certain locations - like a school zone. This section highlights many of the signs you see around the Town of Newmarket school zones to help keep everyone safe.
Town of Newmarket Crossing Guards are responsible for the provision of traffic control services at designated locations and times throughout the Town to ensure pedestrians; in particular school children are safely crossing roadways. Drivers are reminded to take caution in school zones and to look and listen for the crossing guards' stop sign and whistles. Whistle Signals are as follows:
First whistle: the guard proceeds to the centre of the roadway to stop traffic
Second whistle: the guard sounds this when traffic has completely stopped, to advise children that it is now safe to cross the roadway
Third whistle: the guard sounds this when the children and the guard have safely crossed the road, indicating to the driver(s) that it is now safe to proceed
Please Respect our Neighbours
We kindly ask you to respect our neighbours’ property. Please do not park in or block residential driveways. Please do not use residential driveways to turn around in. Participate in the “walk-a-block” initiative by parking on a side-street adjacent to a school, and then walk the student to school. Be a model citizen for your children, treat others’ property as you would like your own to be treated!
Kiss and Ride Programs
Kiss and Ride programs, when used and operated properly, can sometimes provide an alternative to parking on municipal streets or in school parking lots. These areas are designed to make it quick and efficient to pick-up or drop-off your children at school. Do not park or leave your vehicle unattended in the Kiss and Ride Area. Not all school sites are designed with a Kiss and Ride program– there needs to be a designated area on the school site separate from the bus loading/unloading location so there is no conflict with the two operations. This area is to ease congestion and keep traffic moving in the mornings and afternoons.