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Katz to Propose Speed Limit Decrease in School Zones

September 2, 2011 12:40 PM | News

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The speed limit in Winnipeg school zones could soon be reduced, after Mayor Sam Katz presents a motion at an Executive Policy Committee (EPC) meeting next week.

Katz wants to reduce the current limit of 50 km/h to 30 km/h.

“Winnipeg is the only western Canadian city that does not have reduced speed limits for school zones during school hours and it is no secret that by slowing down, we save lives,” Katz said in a statement.

Pedestrians hit by a vehicle travelling 30 km/h have a 90% chance of survival, according to statistics from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Someone hit at 45 km/hr has only a 50% chance of survival.

Katz has the backing of Winnipeg’s police chief, who says a reduction of speeds in school zones is a no-brainer.

“The (WPS) supports the motion to study speed limit reduction in school zones, in particular, elementary, middle schools, and schools with young students that are close to major transportation routes,” said Chief Keith McCaskill.

The city will consult with school divisions and the province, as speed limits are regulated by the Highway Traffic Act.

The motion will be presented to EPC on September 7.