Wednesday, September 07, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Slow Down in School Zones

Speed indicator sign in school zone on Mundy Pond Road, St. John's

Since fall 2015 the speed limit around elementary schools on residential roads in the City of St. John's has been reduced to 30 kilometres per hour. The speed limit is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days, Monday to Friday.

Several of these school zone locations have electronic speed feedback signs, which give motorists real-time information about their speed – if it is above the limit - as they enter these zones.

“Speeding and school zone safety are two of the biggest issues of concern expressed to the Police and Traffic Standing Committee and to the Traffic Division,” says Councillor Sandy Hickman. “We often get requests from parents, schools, and residents to reduce posted speed limits as a means of reducing speeding and increasing safety.”

The City has not reduced speeds for high school zones or for elementary schools located on high volume roads such as Macdonald Drive, Torbay Road or Topsail Road.