WINNIPEG — City drivers aren’t getting the message when it comes to safety in school zones.
During a stakeout on Wednesday in three Winnipeg school zones, CAA Manitoba, Winnipeg police, along with teachers and parent volunteers, witnessed 819 instances of risky behaviours.
“No matter what time of year, the route to school should always start with safety,” said Liz Kulyk, corporate manager of government and community relations at CAA Manitoba.
“This is our eighth annual back to school safety assessment, but judging from the results here today, the bad habits and mistakes drivers make aren’t improving. We all need to do a better job to ensure our most vulnerable road users are safe.”
Teams observed drivers between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. outside Ecole Henri-Bergeron, Linden Meadows and Stevenson-Britannia School.
During that time, 87 motorists were clocked driving over 30 km/h in marked school zones. Other infractions include 203 stopping violations at a crosswalk or stop sign, and 22 lane change issues, such as non-signalling or not turning into the correct lane.
See CAA’s complete result below.
Yes: this just happened. Always stop for a bus with flashing red lights and wait for children to get safely on or off. Continue to stay alert and watch for children or parents crossing the road when the bus moves on. pic.twitter.com/nZAVPm00by
— CAA Manitoba (@CAAManitoba) September 19, 2018