#JustCurious How are the length of school zones determined?
REGINA -- Our viewer, Sandy, was #JustCurious how the length of school zones are determined. Sandy said she feels like some are much longer than others.
First, a reminder, school zone speed limits are 30 kilometres per hour and they’re in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In 2019, the City of Regina conducted a school zone safety initiative where they reviewed and updated the school zones around the city to align with the Transportation Association of Canada’s guidelines.
So, they have changed recently. The City said the new standard is for them to typically start 30 to 50 metres from a school property or playground. There are variations in distance where intersecting roads or existing infrastructure limit where signs can be placed. If there’s an adjacent park where a few schools are in close proximity, you’ll also see a difference in where the school zone starts and stops.
The idea is to mitigate the risk of vehicles unintentionally speeding up in longer zones before they actually come to the school or playground.