New 30 km/h school zone speed limits already in effect in some Regina areas

Although changes to speed limits in school zones technically come into effect Sept. 1, drivers are being warned police can still issue tickets. Dave Parsons / Global News

There seems to be some confusion among drivers on whether or not Regina police can issue tickets ahead of the Sept. 1 changes to school zone speeds.

Although that’s when the new changes technically come into effect, signage has already started going up, replacing 40 km/h signs with 30 km/h.

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According to the city, crews have started work in 60 to 70 per cent of the zones, with signage installation complete in approximately 25 per cent of the school zones.

Community groups on Facebook are buzzing with questions and some drivers are under the impression only warnings can be issued before September, but police say that’s not the case.

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“When the signs are posted now and it says 30, that’s just like a temporary construction area,” said Regina police spokesperson Les Parker. “The posting is [the] recommended speed that a police officer has authority to grant a ticket if you’re in excess of that posted speed.

“So if you see the sign giving that speed limit, obey that speed limit and you won’t get a ticket.”

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In May, city council voted to lower speeds between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., 365 days a year. The change in speed, council said, was estimated to only add a few seconds of travel time to most people’s commute.

Previously, the lower speeds were in effect from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The city says it has 93 schools zones with around 1,200 signs needing to be replaced and will continue doing so throughout August.

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