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Regina drivers struggle to obey school zone regulations: CAA safety assessment

A total of 1,242 driving and pedestrian infractions were recorded at two Regina schools on Wednesday during a CAA School Zone Safety Assessment. Adrian Raaber / Global News

A CAA School Zone Safety Assessment done at two Regina elementary schools on Wednesday involving different partners including the Regina Police Service, showed drivers and pedestrians aren’t following school zone regulations.

There were 1,242 total driving and pedestrian infractions recorded at École St. Elizabeth School and École Wascana Plains School, both before and after school.

Drivers not stopping at stop signs was the most concerning infraction – 267 in total.

“School zone safety should be the concern of our entire community. With numerous schools, in every area of the city, our motorists need to possess an ever-present awareness to ensure safety for our children,” said Evan Bray, Regina Police Service chief.

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“Observing and obeying all posted school zone signs and traffic safety laws will protect our children and ultimately enhance community safety.”

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There were also 74 speeding infractions within a 41 km/h to 50 km/h range.

“Minimizing risk to our students in school zones requires the cooperation of many groups,” said Mike Walter, Regina Public Schools deputy director.

“They help us drive home to students the importance of road safety and keeping alert around vehicles. This initiative will help keep our children safe around traffic and in school zones.”

As for pedestrians, there were 227 jaywalking infractions, the most among any other pedestrian violation.

“We want to ensure we’re doing everything we can to keep our school zones safe. They are busiest during morning drop off and again at the end of the school day, but safety is key all day,” said Dave Magnusson, Regina Catholic Schools superintendent of education services.

“It’s important that all parents, guardians and caregivers are aware of the rules in school zones and are teaching their children to be aware of potential dangers.”

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The number of tickets issued for distracted driving while using a phone was 11.

A complete breakdown can be found on the CAA website.

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