Distracted Driving Infractions Increase in School Zones

CAA Manitoba closely monitored traffic at three Winnipeg schools on Thursday morning, looking for distracted drivers, speeders and other infractions motorists may perform while behind the wheel.

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CAA identified “problem areas” at Archwood School, Carpathia School and Lacerte School, where they found 1,050 instances of risky behaviour by motorists. That’s up from 535 in 2011.

“This assessment once again proves how important it is that drivers are focused on one job when they’re behind the wheel,” said Mike Mager, president and CEO of CAA Manitoba. “That job is driving. Nothing else.”

Data collected was part of the automobile association’s second annual school zone safety assessment.

Results:

  • Distracted driving – 182 instances. Everything from cell phones, to drinking, eating, smoking and putting on makeup. One motorist was seen reading a newspaper.
  • Failing to stop at a stop line – 105 cars stopped past the designated stop line at an intersection directly in front of one school.
  • Failing to obey road signs – 40 instances of motorists making illegal turns when outside of the designated times those turns are allowed.
  • Changing lanes illegally – 119 instances of motorists changing lanes without signaling.

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