Student Quiz

These questions are based on the laws and regulations of

the Nova Scotia (Canada) Motor Vehicle Act (MVA),

and may not be the same in other locations.  

Relevant sections of the MVA can be found at the bottom.

This shorter quiz is intended for students.  See how much you know about the laws (of Nova Scotia, Canada) relating to crosswalks and crosswalk safety.  As you take the quiz remember that although you will receive a score the quiz is not about how many you get right or wrong but about how much you learn when you review the answers. 



1.   start the quiz by clicking on the Start quiz button

2.  some questions have hints.  Where a hint is provided click on the Hint button if you would like to see the hint.

3. click on the Check button on the right side to input your answer.  After having done so you will see if you were right or wrong along with an explanation including references to the Motor Vehicle Act.

4.  after reading the answer go on to the next question by clicking Next (also on the right side)

5.  after you have answered all six questions click on Quiz Summary (also on the right side); then click on the Finish Quiz button

6.  at this point you will see your overall score – but as mentioned it is not your score that matters most but what you learn

7.  click the View Questions to see all the questions and answers.


Below the Quiz there are a couple of videos you might be interested in.

As well check out the short video on the Adult Quiz page.

Then please review the further educational information below on extending your arm and where crosswalks exist,

followed by the actual sections of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act that relate to each questions.


Student Crosswalk Safety Quiz

Scroll up to continue with the quiz.

When finished please review the information below.



Extending your arm to show you want to cross the road




Your challenge:

As you will observe from a study by a Grade 5 elementary class (see the Studies page in the Facts and Studies section for data on this and a number of other questions examined by the class) only a small percentage (18% based on this study) actually extended their arm to let the drivers know they intended to cross the road.

As presented in the answer to Question 1 extending your arm or raising your hand improves the chance a vehicle will yield and you will be able to safely cross the road

So start a trend – raise your hand or extend your arm when you next intend to cross the road

… but remember doing so does not guarantee the vehicle will yield … you must be absolutely sure the driver sees you and is yielding before you start to cross the road.


Where do crosswalks exist

Most drivers do not understand where a crosswalk exists.

Of course there are crosswalks where there are traffic signals.

And we all know where there are markings on the road, with or without signs, that is a marked crosswalk.



But in addition there are crosswalks – legal crosswalks where pedestrians have a legitimate, and legal, expectation a driver will yield in order that they may cross the road – at every intersection – every last one, whether marked or unmarked.

So all drivers – please be attentive to pedestrians and yield for them where there is a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked.


There are crosswalks at every intersection and drivers are required

to yield to a pedestrians at every one, whether marked or unmarked.




Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) Crosswalk Safety References


Q 1 – extending your arm

There is no mention in the MVA of a person having to extend their arm to signal their intention to cross the road.

 Q 2 – countdown timers

Section 92(2)(i)


“don’t walk” light – pedestrian traffic facing the signal, either flashing or solid, shall not start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal;

 Q 3 – minimum distance to tie a horse from a crosswalk

 Section 167(4)


“No person shall at any time fasten any horse or horses in such a manner that the tie rope, reins or lines shall be an obstruction to the free use of any sidewalk or crosswalk.”

 Q 4 –  driver requirement to yield

Section 125(1)


“Where pedestrian movements are not controlled by traffic signals,

 (a)  the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian lawfully within a crosswalk or stopped facing a crosswalk”

Q 5 – overhead amber lights

 Section 125(4)


“Where a pedestrian is crossing a roadway at a crosswalk that has a pedestrian-activated beacon, the pedestrian shall not leave a curb or other place of safety unless the pedestrian-activated beacon has been activated.”

Q 6 – roller skates, skate boards, and bicycles

Section 172(1)


“… it shall be an offence for a person upon roller skates or a skate board to go on a roadway except while crossing on a crosswalk …” 


Section 172(5)


“A cyclist on a highway shall ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic”


… be Cautious … be Seen … be Safe