Road Safety

FAQs

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What is Manitoba Public Insurance’s role in addressing the issue of speed?

Manitoba Public Insurance’s role is to provide education and awareness program to Manitobans and conduct research on speed related topics.

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What is stopping distance?

The distance needed to bring your vehicle to a complete stop once you have seen an obstacle.

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What are some factors drivers should consider when assessing if they are traveling to the conditions?

Weather, road surface, location

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Do higher speeds affect the ability of your vehicle and its safety systems to protect occupants?

Yes

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How will speeding affect my Driver Safety Rating?

If you are caught for speeding by a law enforcement officer, your driver's licence and insurance premiums will be affected. The DSR Calculator can show you how. If you are caught for speeding by a photo enforcement camera, your driver's licence and insurance premiums will not be affected.

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What does ABS stand for?

Antilock Braking System

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On average each year, how many fatal crashes occur that are attributed to at-fault drivers who speed?

20 (number based on a 5-year average between 2009-2013)

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On average each year, how many injury crashes occur that are attributed to at-fault drivers who speed?

390 (number is based on a 5-year average between 2009-2013)

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What age group has the highest number of speed-related crashes?

16 to 24 (per 10,000 drivers)

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When are crashes related to driving over the speed limit most prevalent?

April to October

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What do I need to know about driving in a school zone?

In Winnipeg, from the beginning of September to the end of June, speed limits are 30 kilometres per hour in designated school zones, effective Monday - Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Outside of Winnipeg, if the signs do not specify a time frame when the speed limit is in effect, then the reduced maximum speed is in effect at all times. Drivers caught going faster than the designated speed limit could face a fine of at least $200 and move down two levels on the DSR scale.

At all times, you must drive slowly and be prepared to stop suddenly when a child is on or near a road, or close to a school or playground. Also, it is illegal to pass another moving vehicle in a school area, within 15 minutes of either the opening or closing of classes or at any time when children are on the school grounds or near the road.