A total of 128 drivers in Winnipeg were fined Tuesday for speeding in a school zone, the result of a police blitz to enforce the new 30 km/h zones that began this week.
Another 173 drivers got off with warnings, statistics released on Tuesday afternoon by the Winnipeg Police Service show.
The tickets and warnings were handed out between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. as police began enforcement at several of the 171 school zones where 30 km/h signs were erected over the summer.
School zones in other areas of the province, such as Brandon, Winkler and Portage la Prairie, have already adopted restricted speeds.
The new school speed limits are in effect from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., September to June. All the signed school zones have students in Grade 6 and lower.
Speeding fines in school zones start at $181.50 for going 10 km/h over the posted speed limit.
Drivers nabbed going 20 km/h over the school zone limit are fined $312.25.
On the Free Press website, readers had mixed opinions about the new school zone speed limits.
"This is not about safety of the children. If it was, they would have just installed speed humps around the schools to slow the traffic to 30 km/h. This is only for getting more revenue in the city," said AJ9000.
"I'm all for speed bumps. Great big suckers. I am also all for fining half the population of Winnipeg for speeding if it slows traffic down around children," dehall responded.
"If they don't read the speed-limit signs, they should get a ticket. It is one of the basic functions of operating a motor vehicle," dehall added.