Road Safety

Watch for school children

Drivers need to use caution

Drive cautiously in and near school zones. 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.

Be watchful and prepared to stop suddenly. It is illegal to pass another moving vehicle in a school area within 15 minutes of either the opening or closing of classes or any time when children are on the school grounds or near the road.

Remember, you must stop and yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians about to cross at marked and unmarked crosswalks. It is illegal to pass traffic ahead of you that is slowing down or stopped for pedestrians using crosswalks. And don’t park or stop within three meters of a crosswalk.

Students should obey traffic rules

Before and after school and at lunch time, you might notice the bright orange safety vests worn by school safety patrol members. These students are trained to help other students safely cross streets, so please obey their directions.

There are special rules to follow around school buses. Watch for flashing red or yellow lights on buses and know how to react safely.

Parents can teach road safety

If you are a parent, now is the time to review important safety rules with your children whether they are walking, cycling or rollerblading to and from school. See our Help Keep Children Safe in School Zones brochure, and check out the Get to School Safely Colouring Page.

Manitoba Public Insurance works with daycare providers, schools and teachers to provide road safety programs tailored to the needs and abilities of children.