Between 7:30 and 9:00 AM Wednesday, a CAA School Zone safety assessment was held at one of Regina’s more dangerous school zones and the numbers are not good.
CAA officials along with other stakeholders observed traffic in the area looking for risky behavious from drivers, pedestrians and cyclists with 452 being reported in the 90 minute time-frame at Judge Bryant Elementary School on Dewdney Avenue in the city’s east end.
CAA’s Christine Niemczyk says that number while high wasn’t the one thing which stood out for all involved in watching what was happening.
“What was a surprise was with all the snow and slush on the road Wednesday, we thought people would drive accordingly because we constantly tell people to do that.” Niemczyk said. “Drivers,pedestrians, cyclists continued driving in their normal routine not paying attention to the weather conditions and road conditions meaning they weren’t driving safely.”
28 people were seen going over the speed limit in a school zone. many dropped students off in an unsafe location and many students going to school failed to look both ways before crossing the street. Other infractions included texting, running a red or amber light, not stopping at a crosswalk and not wearing a seatbelt.
Another school zone safety assessment was held Tuesday afternoon at St. Francis School in Regina’s northwest end. It saw 194 infractions in a time-frame stretching from 2:30-3:40 PM including 42 caught for speeding in the 40 km/h school zone.