With students back to school next week, it means it’s time for motorists to slow down to 30 km/h near schools across the city — or risk getting a speeding ticket. School zone speed limits are in effect around many Winnipeg schools between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, from September to June.

Fines are $181.50 for those caught driving 10 km/h or more above the speed limit until they hit $246.25 for those who are 15 km/h or more over the limit. Tickets issued by police officers could also result in merit points being taken away from a driver’s safety rating.

The risks to pedestrians dramatically increase in accidents when the vehicle is traveling above 30 km/h. Children, with their smaller statuer and mass also experience more significant injuries.

Please take care when driving over the coming weeks as students and drivers get used to a new routine.