MPI Releases Manitoba’s Top 5 Speed Hot Spots

Before Manitobans hit the road for the Terry Fox Day long weekend, MPI is highlighting the province’s Top 5 speed hot spots to raise awareness of the high-risk – and often deadly – driving behaviour.

The following locations had the highest proportion of drivers observed speeding in a recent MPI observational study:

RankLocationMunicipalityPosted speed limit (km/h)% of total vehicles observed travelling more than 10 km/h over the posted speed limit
1Eastbound Highway 1
West of Elie
2Southbound Main St
South of Young Avenue
3Eastbound Inkster Blvd
East of Bergen Cutoff Road
4Northbound Highway 6
North of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids10018.3%
5Eastbound Maryland Ave Between Cornell BayBrandon30 (school zone)16.7%

The 2022 study, which included over 2.3 million vehicles at more than 50 different urban and rural locations throughout the province over five months, was designed to better understand how frequently drivers were speeding on Manitoba’s roadways.

“We know that speeds kills and continues to be one of the major contributors to all collisions that happen every year,” said Satvir Jatana, MPI’s Chief Customer Officer. “Every driver has a choice when they get behind the wheel – slow down and drive to conditions. MPI encourages everyone to do just that as they enjoy one of the last long weekends of summer.”

MPI data consistently shows that speed is a contributing factor in almost 20 per cent of all fatal collisions annually.

The study also found that Manitobans are especially travelling at dangerous speeds on highways – including nearly 100,000 vehicles observed travelling more than 10km/h over the posted speed limit on highways.

The results of the research were shared with road safety stakeholders and will be used by MPI to focus its speed prevention efforts on regions with the highest rates of speeding moving forward.

Tips to manage your speed

Wherever you’re travelling this long weekend, follow these road safety tips to keep your speed in check:

  • Plan your route and give yourself enough time to safely reach your destination.
  • Use cruise control to avoid inadvertently going over the speed limit.
  • Maintain a safe following distance, which means a four-second distance in ideal driving conditions.
  • Remember when passing by a roadside emergency vehicle, you must move to the farthest lane from the scene whenever possible. In this situation, drivers also are required to slow down to 40 km/h when the posted speed limit is below 79 km/h or 60 km/h when the posted speed limit is 80 km/h or higher.
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