Please sign the petition to improve safety in Winnipeg School Zones and reduce violations
Do you want the City of Winnipeg to follow certified engineers and CAA's recommendations to use flashing lights in school zones when children present to improve safety and reduce violations?
This already being done in other jurisdictions and Chuck Lewis of Mr. Electric is offering to supply, install and maintain the lights. If so please sign this petition below and share this with others online and by word of mouth.
Why is this needed?
On June 20th the City released a statement that said they don't plan to do this and can't because of specifications in the HTA. We need to see who approved this statement. This sounds like an excuse in an attempt to keep the approx $500,000 per week that is being collected off these artificially reduced zones. They previously asked the Province to amended the HTA to allow reduced speed 30k School Zones even though the HTA already requires drivers to slow down when kids present which is what the vast majority of drivers do. The City can ask the Province to amend the HTA again to include flashing lights when children present.
Like the driver interviewed by CTV in link below said "it is a no brainier". If our elected and appointed officials at the City or the Province can't find a way to allow this they are not competent enough to be in office and should resign and the public will call for candidates who are more capable.
CTV News coverage
Local businessman wants flashing lights in Winnipeg school zones
Chuck Lewis of Mr. Electric said he's purchased 80 solar powered flashing beacons.
Along with Wise Up Winnipeg, he wants to put the lights up on reduced speed sign poles to warn drivers approaching elementary school zones. Lewis believes it will cost him 20,000 to do this in all of the school zones with reduced speeds.
WiseUpWinnipeg has long advocated for speed signs on both sides of the street, longer amber light times and flashing lights.
The city said provincial laws do not allow for this.
“The city does not have any plans to use flashing beacons or other types of traffic control devices that are not prescribed in the provincial regulation pertaining to reduced-speed school zones,” the city said in a statement.
Local Businessman wants flashing lights in winnipeg school zones
Related coverage and info
Activist Business Owner offer free flashing lights for city school zones
Engineering Study saying 30k School Zones do not improve safety and recommendation for flashing lights when kids present.
Same recommendation as CAA. Past and present City Council has ignored these recommendations including Counc. Janice Lukes who suggested inflatable speed bumps and said more signage is confusing.
CAA Manitoba says school zone signage unfair to drivers - CBC
More details to be posted to our website soon but temporarily available on our Facebook group along with comments:
History of issues raised and ignored with 30k Reduced Speed School Zones before and after they implemented without due diligence or proper consultations with Engineers and the public.
School Zones History - Facebook Post
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So many people get multiple unfair or unlawful $300+ tickets for alleged traffic offenses. Then many are mislead by the Crown and or have their charter and other legal rights ignored in Court when they contest. This is an investment against more tickets like this and other unfair or unlawful treatment. Similar with many unfair or unlawful parking tickets where there is known issues with missing, obstructed or confusing signage.
WiseUpWinnipeg is a fast-growing group of 9100 + members who are dedicated to exposing the traffic and parking enforcement abuses that are unique to the City of Winnipeg. Our membership is doubling every 9 months or less as more and more are fed up with the behavior of their WPS and it's for profit partners TSS, ACS / Xerox as well as WPA and for profit partner G4S Tech. They are also fed up with the behavior of MPIC, Mayor Bowman, most of City Council and many of the elected and appointed officials at the Province who have the authority and responsibility to address these serious issues of public safety and interest that are being ignored at great cost to public safety and funds and priority of fighting serious crime.
The issues are many including 4.0 second amber policy regardless of the road speed – and therefore having the shortest amber times in Canada at higher speed intersections where they net 800% more red light violations than the slower speed intersections where 4.0 seconds is adequate. Besides breaking the laws of physics for stopping a vehicle at speed – the results are in their own data – higher violations as well as the chronic collisions that result from the short amber time itself.
Not posting speed limits at the proper and known 85th percentile that the road was designed to prudently travel at– and targeting enforcement to those specific deficient stretches, for decades.
Not dual-posting (boulevard and curb) speed- reduction signage, which is the standard practice in all other cities – and targeting their enforcement to locations of speed-drops where drivers don’t have fair and reasonable awareness of same due to non compliance with MUTCD (Manual For Uniform Traffic Controls and Devices) which is a national standard.
Creating an illegal Know Your Zone residential snow removal ban that afforded the City to ticket and tow vehicles – while not have signage erect at these locations - which is not only the law but was the practice before KYZ was created.
Creating Designated Construction Zones which were implemented illegally and unfairly enforced with inadequate signage.
On top of all of these abuses – the fines are 250% higher than the average of all other provinces. The city and province have refused to even acknowledge these facts since we began advancing them 8 years ago. WiseUpWinnipeg has only had success at righting these wrongs once matters were advanced into the court and usually through the appeal process following the judicial failure known as Manitoba Traffic Court. Case in hand being the Know Your Zone program – which saw the illegalities presented to the city and province as well as in Traffic Court. The result was a total ignoring by the elected and bureaucrats – and a conviction at court. Only in the appeal process did the city and province drop the case and then later admit – following media stories - that the KYZ program was illegal. They voided the few tickets that hadn’t yet been paid while refusing to properly refund all others on the basis that people accepted guilt by paying.
These are only a few reasons why we are swelling with passionate and angry members - regular people who refuse to hand over another paycheque to abusive, unfair and illegal enforcement that is unique to Winnipeg. With their refusal to engage the facts – we will proceed to court on all of these issues including having trial dates now set in 2017 for the illegal amber timing issue, the Designated Construction Zones and Know Your Zone program.
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