Road Safety

Programs

Speeding is a serious problem on our roads, which is why we’ve created programs to address this concern at a community level.

Manitoba Public Insurance supports law enforcement efforts to enforce speed violations in and around school zones especially when children head back to school in September.

The Corporation also works year-round to produce advertising campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, including the award-winning Hurt. Seriously. campaign.

SpeedWatch

SpeedWatch is an initiative of Manitoba Public Insurance and community partners, including the Citizens on Patrol Program, City of Winnipeg Traffic Assessment Branch, Winnipeg Police Service, RCMP, Brandon Police and other participating local police agencies. It educates drivers about the actual speeds they are travelling in relation to the posted speed limit while giving positive reinforcement to those who choose to stay within the speed limit.

How it works

Local volunteers borrow radar operated speed reader boards that display the posted speed limit and the driver’s speed. They set up this equipment in a safe location off the road where drivers can see it, and during the days and times when the volunteers feel speeding is the worst. Information about how fast drivers are travelling is forwarded to Manitoba Public Insurance for analysis.

Excessive speed patterns may be shared with our traffic management partners — such as municipalities, local police forces and the RCMP— for future follow up. Traffic engineers gain additional information on problem locations and speeding patterns, while local police benefit through increased traffic awareness.

Volunteers who’ve implemented the SpeedWatch program in their communities say it was an effective tool for increasing the awareness of speeding and helping change behaviour to make our roads safer streets.

SpeedWatch Programs

See the effect you can have on speeding in your community by running a short-term SpeedWatch Campaign. Equipment is available to borrow:

In Winnipeg

This program is intended for residential streets with light to medium traffic, where the speed limit is 50 km/h).

Program details:

  • Equipment is loaned for one week in spring, summer or fall and can be repeated throughout the year.
    • The board must be manned at all times by at least two people.
    • An instruction and setup guide comes with the system.
    • One or more volunteers may pick up and return the SpeedWatch equipment and kit from the Manitoba Public Insurance Road Safety office. Full training will be provided at that time. These volunteers, in turn, will train other volunteers.
    • Daily operational reports must be completed each time the speed reader board is used. These reports are to be returned along with the equipment.

Outside of Winnipeg

This program is intended for residential streets with light to medium traffic, where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less. Other zones may be approved if the safety of volunteers can be assured.

Program details:

  • Equipment is loaned for up to two weeks in the spring, summer or fall.
  • The board must be manned at all times, by at least two people.
  • An instruction and set up guide comes with the system.
  • Daily operational reports must be completed each time the speed reader board is used. These reports are faxed or mailed back to the SpeedWatch office.
  • Manitoba Public Insurance covers the cost of shipping to the recipient. We also cover return shipment for neighbourhood groups and non-profit associations.

School Zones in Winnipeg

This program is managed by Manitoba Public Insurance’s Community Relations department, in partnership with the City of Winnipeg and the Manitoba School Boards Association.

This program deals with concerns about speeding in elementary school zones. Schools and/or parent groups borrow the equipment, set it up and monitor drivers in areas of their school zones where they feel there is a speeding problem.

Some groups take the opportunity to involve older students as a learning opportunity — supervised on-site by at least one adult.

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. - 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.

Program details:

  • Speed reader boards are set up near schools using a school zone street sign, rather than a speed limit sign, to reinforce to drivers that they should drive prudently when children are present.
  • The board must be manned at all times by at least two people.
  • An instruction and setup guide comes with the system.
  • One or more volunteers may pick up and return the SpeedWatch equipment and kit from the Manitoba Public Insurance Community Relations department. Full training will be provided at that time. These volunteers, in turn, will train other volunteers.
  • Daily operational reports must be completed each time the speed reader board is used. These reports are to be returned along with the equipment.

School Zones Outside Winnipeg

This program is managed by Manitoba Public Insurance’s Community Relations department in partnership with the Manitoba School Boards Association.

This program deals with concerns about speeding in elementary school zones. Schools and/or parent groups borrow the equipment, set it up, and monitor drivers in areas of their school zones where they feel there is a speeding problem.

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. - 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.

Some groups take the opportunity to involve older students as a learning opportunity — supervised on-site by at least one adult.

Program details:

  • Speed reader boards are set up near schools using a school zone street sign, rather than a speed limit sign, to reinforce to drivers that they should drive prudently when children are present.
  • The board must be manned at all times, by at least two people.
  • An instruction and set up guide comes with the system.
  • Daily operational reports must be completed each time the speed reader board is used. These reports are faxed or mailed back to the SpeedWatch office.
  • Manitoba Public Insurance covers the cost of shipping to the recipient. We also cover return shipment for neighbourhood groups and non-profit associations.

Community-based SpeedWatch groups

Do you want to address community speeding issues on a more regular basis? Start a community-based SpeedWatch group.

Program details:

  • Groups are required to use the equipment at least 10 hours per month from May to October.
  • The group coordinator submits monthly reports to the provincial SpeedWatch Coordinator.
  • In addition to providing them with SpeedWatch equipment to use, Manitoba Public Insurance will provide groups who meet the program requirements with volunteer training and ongoing support.
  • Volunteers receive a comprehensive resource manual and training that includes how to set up and maintain the equipment, how to recruit volunteers and how to work with local police, media and community groups.

Check It or Ticket!

A variation of SpeedWatch, this program brings together education and enforcement to target speeders during one-day events. Check It or Ticket is an option available to volunteers who have demonstrated significant speeding in their area.

The premise is simple. Volunteers set up a speed display on one block. This gives drivers one chance to “check” their current speed, and slow down if necessary. A little further down the road is a police checkstop. Drivers who choose to ignore the first warning may then receive a speeding ticket.

How to participate

To participate in any SpeedWatch program, please contact:

SpeedWatch Coordinator
Community Relations
Manitoba Public Insurance
204-985–8737; toll-free 1–888–767–7640

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