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City drivers not playing it safe in school zones: CAA

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Winnipeg Police Const. Grant Lindgren assists Nancy Hanlon with CAA Manitoba, measuring the speed of vehicles travelling on Grant Avenue approaching the Montrose School zone as part of the annual school zone assessment Wednesday morning.

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Winnipeg Police Const. Grant Lindgren assists Nancy Hanlon with CAA Manitoba, measuring the speed of vehicles travelling on Grant Avenue approaching the Montrose School zone as part of the annual school zone assessment Wednesday morning. Photo Store

Winnipeg drivers failed their pop quiz -- miserably -- this morning.

Nearly 1,700 examples of risky behaviour were observed in school zones by CAA Manitoba officials, Winnipeg police officers, volunteers, teachers and principals during a 90-minute period near Montrose, Polson and Pacific Junction schools.

One driver sped through at 77 km/h, another was texting at a red light and never looked up as the light turned green and he drove forward, and still another was focused on her rearview mirror as she put on her make-up.

Mike Mager, president and CEO of CAA Manitoba, said drivers simply aren't getting the safety message. He said provincial legislation lowering speed limits to 30 km/h "can't come soon enough."

This was CAA Manitoba's third annual school zone assessment.

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