A visitor to our area reported that he was driving slowly through Waverley West with his young son on a Saturday morning, looking at some recent developments in the area.
Another vehicle wanted to get by. The slow driver waved the other driver to pass in the free lane, and an argument ensued. Unfortunately, there have been multiple reports of vehicles travelling too fast or aggressively throughout Waverley West, including large construction vehicles.
Patrol Sergeant Lou Malo, Winnipeg Police Service Central Traffic Unit, would like to remind drivers of the regulations. Below is Sgt. Malo’s advice:
"The speed limit on residential streets is 50 kph, but all drivers are required to drive at appropriate speeds based on road and traffic conditions.
"It is expected that when proceeding toward or past occupied school zones, playgrounds or other slow moving traffic or pedestrians, drivers must drive at a safe and appropriate speed based on all circumstances.
"If circumstances warrant a slower speed and a driver continues past at an unsafe speed (even if that speed is at or below the posted limit) that driver could be charged under several sections of the Highway Traffic Act (i.e.: Driving Imprudently, Driving Carelessly)."
As a largely residential region with houses facing busy streets, and children playing outside in yards or playgrounds and walking paths intersecting with roadways, it is not unusual to come across slower moving vehicles or people near the street.
If a resident encounters a driving infraction, they should contact the local traffic unit, as it will take multiple complaints before an area will be targeted.
"The Community Support Unit in your area has traffic officers tasked with dealing with neighbourhood complaints and maintains a complaint file specifically listing traffic related issues," Sgt. Malo explains.
"For a complaint such as this, the officer may attend and assess the situation to determine what type of offences may be occurring and determining the appropriate action to deal with the issue. Construction vehicles (trucks having six or more tires) are required to remain on truck routes at all times but are allowed to drive off the truck route along the most direct route to or from the construction site."
Sgt. Malo goes on to explain that "If the officer determines offences are occurring, he can take enforcement action including stopping and warning the driver or issuing offence notices. If a significant problem is discovered, the officer will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action on an ongoing basis.
The District 2 Community Support Unit is responsible for the Waverley West area. The direct line to the Community Support Supervisor is (204) 986-2839."
Kristi Anaka is a community correspondent for Waverley West. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org