August 29, 2014 6:58 am

School zone speed reductions will take effect Monday in Winnipeg

A new 30 km/hr speed limit will take effect around 171 Winnipeg schools in September.

Tamara Forlanski / Global News

WINNIPEG — As parents begin to readjust their schedules in preparation for school starting, police are reminding drivers to adjust their speeds.

Starting Monday, drivers will need to slow down to 30 kilometres per hour in designated zones.

The new bylaw applies to schools attended by elementary aged children and affects zones around 171 different schools across the city starting Sept. 1.

Drivers will be warned by more than 3,000 signs placed on 500 streets.

Drivers won’t need to slow down to a reduced speed at all times.

Reduced speed limits through school zones will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from the beginning of September to the end of June and only Monday through Friday.

Police have said drivers caught going 20 kilometres per hour over the designated speed limit could face a fine of more than $300.

This is the first year for the reduced speeds. The city had hoped they would take effect last year, but the province took longer than expected to pass the legislation.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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