Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 09/4/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
Slow down near schools
Re: More than 300 drivers caught speeding in school zones (Sept. 3). 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.
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.
Whenever something like this is in the news, it's amazing how many "cash grab" comments come out. Whether the speed limit is 30 or 60 km/h, many people aren't obeying the signs. Speed bumps aren't the answer -- lots of people going fast over these too. It's not a cash grab unless you have to pay it.
Why do you need statistics as to how many kids have been run over? One is too many. Obey the signs, pay attention, and leave home a few minutes earlier if that's the issue. If you're caught speeding, no matter where it is, suck it up and pay the fine.
This is long overdue. I work on the school buses, and what I see every day gives me nightmares in terms of people speeding through school zones trying to get ahead of kids crossing the street, edging up way too close to the crossing guards, and not stopping at stop signs by schools. Hopefully people will leave a bit earlier to arrive at work on time, and take into consideration that the first priority is not the driver who is late, but the student who would like to get to school safely.
-- Val Surbey
The well-marked 30 km/h zone by a school by my house is literally a block in length (ie. the length of the typically busier areas by the elementary school). If people want to moan and plead "cash grab" instead of slowing down for 18 seconds, then there's really no point in arguing.
-- No Worries
Sanders comes out swinging
Re: Sanders promises to 'turn over all the rocks at city hall,' engage citizens (Sept. 3). Looks promising. Now, you watch the other candidates follow with "Oh, I am doing that." My answer: no you are not.
No doubt that Sanders gets it. But can he lead? Does he have a vision for the city? That's what I want to know before I make a decision to vote for him.
Good candidate, but too little too late to join the election party.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 4, 2014 A10
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