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With the recent bus accident I have to say, all these 30 mph school zones with 3 blocks of 50 mph is exactly what happened. Drivers get frustrated, impatient and floor it in 2 seconds.

These zones are creating more road rage and speed incidents than anything. Why does there need to be a school or playground zone when there isn’t any immediately nearby? More so it’s across the field or two blocks back.

I think school zones should only be in Elementary schools and Playground zones should only be up to 6 pm. Less road rage and impatient endangering any more kids with unnecessary and over implored zones.

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  1. I also have no problem following the limits .. but a lot of people do . I’ve had people pass me in the school zones

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    • Dan Watts Dan Watts says:

      Brett Niawchuk I had this happen to me last week. I was doing 35 in a 30 and the asshat behind me pulled out and passed me. Then flipped me the bird as he went by. I was going to get his plate number but it was covered in snow.

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  2. Lisa Fedirko Lisa Fedirko says:

    If a bus driver can’t handle the slower limits maybe s/he shouldn’t be driving a school bus.

    My husband admits he is an aggressive driver. Even he can go 30 and 50 through these zones.

    Driving is about patience.

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  3. Aaron Frank Aaron Frank says:

    I agree. I was ticketed for going 50kph in a playground area the fuckin thing must’ve been 5 football fields away from the road. And the whole until 11pm thing is nonsense.

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  4. We live in one of these playground zones and had a driver comment to us that a kid had bypassed him…on a skateboard!

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  5. Niki Ginter Niki Ginter says:

    Actually where that bus hit those two teens girls, there are two school within 5 blocks of each other. It’s sad that everyone is so worried about losing 1 minute of travel time over attempting to keep our kids safe. We wouldn’t need so many playground zones if people were more responsible and not tearing by schools and playgrounds.

    I didn’t realize your 1 minute was more important than a child’s life.

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  6. I agree. I see too many people rip through school zones and playground zones making it even more unsafe than before. Should only be slow zone till 6pm and only in park and school areas. People need to teach their children to look where they are going and watch for cars. Otherwise we will see more “adults” crossing in the middle of the street, not watching, getting hit, and blaming anyone but themselves

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  7. If you can’t handle slowing down in school zones for a few minutes, you shouldn’t be driving. Period.

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  8. Doesn’t matter what the speed limits are people need to be more aware when crossing a street. Especially during adverse weather conditions, icy conditions. No vehicle can stop on a dime. When you dart between a vehicle no one has a chance to react. I watched a woman Thursday cross on a red light if she didn’t zig and zag she would of been hit. It was a mere inches these vehicles almost hit her. One was going North the other south.

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  9. It’s not up to you to decide what speed limit should be where. If you can’t follow the speed limit…. stay home.

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  10. Jeff Gorski Jeff Gorski says:

    This is the one that bothers me. 30 kmh from 0700 to 2100 in the heart of an industrial area. I’ll do the 30 but this location is just unnecessary.

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  11. This needs to fall back on the parents, we were raised to not play in the road, to not run into the road, to look both ways. Now a days pedestrians just walk out with zero fucks and kids are the worst.

    In addition if your 8 year old child is out in the street at 9Pm when it’s pitch black, fuck you.

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  12. Come sit in front of my grand daughter school speed limits mean nothing. It’s disgusting. U turns etc common sense isn’t not so common.

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  13. Cathy Rogers Cathy Rogers says:

    I get what the poster is saying… I live north side. In my area, I have over 10 blocks of school zones /playground to the south of me… Another 7 blocks to the north… As I live by a park, the entire area of park heading east is 30 kms (about 6 blocks) and another 4 to the west. There is literally a one block radius in this area where you can go 50 kms but it’s not worth it as its only one block. It’s ridiculous and while I understand the safety concerns… At 9:30 at night in the middle of the winter, having a 30 kms speed zone is ludicrous. Even in the summer, it’s rare to see children out past 6 pm

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    • The reduced speed limit end at nine so you driving slowly at 930 is on you

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    • Cathy Rogers I don’t know where about you live but in the summer the park across the street from my place has kids just starting to show up around 6 pm. Parents work..come home..eat dinner and take the kids to the park to play. That’s the worst time! It’s terrifying seeing people fly through the playground zone doing 50-70km/h

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    • Cathy Rogers Cathy Rogers says:

      Ashleigh Francoeur I understand what you are saying… And there are some areas that warrant it in the evening… But if you saw the stretch the 30 km zone covers, you would see what I mean. Most of it even though it’s around a park… The area that is used is at the other end of this park along with the playground. It’s virtually lifeless where the 30 km zone is and the actual playground is around an area that has been 30 km for years. Basically, for there to be this much of a zone in all directions is not necessary till 9:00 at night. I have kids and want them safe also so I don’t take it lightly

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    • Holly Fynn Holly Fynn says:

      In BC the school zone speed limit applies only from 8am to 5pm M-F.

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    • Cathy Rogers Cathy Rogers says:

      Holly Fynn I wish they did that here.. Or even if they kept it till about 8 pm.

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    • Cathy you’re right. Just like disabled, elderly or other non-drivers shouldn’t go outside after dark. Just to put your impatient ass at ease.

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    • Why tf does it go until 9? How many kids are in these areas past 6? Face it, just another attack on vehicles.

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    • Cathy Rogers Cathy Rogers says:

      Kasandra Fortier there are virtually no kids out past 7 or 8 here. If they are out they are over 16 and from the high school or they are with their parents. There is virtually no reason for the speed zone to be until 9

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    • Cathy Rogers so the speeds zones after a certain time are lifted depending on where you live. And also holidays also however make sure that it’s in your area. And obviously be cautious still.

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  14. Lyn Hessels Lyn Hessels says:

    Please don’t remove my favorite speed signs “Slow pedestrian Crossing” over in an industrial area on the south side. Every time I go there I watch for him or her, but only the ones who are fairly fast seem to be around.

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  15. We live in a sad world where we need everything now and as fast as possible…how inconvenient that people can’t floor it to a dashing 50 for 2 to 3 minutes at a time in certain areas…unacceptable that 2 to 3 extra minutes is nothing short of unacceptable! aM i RiGhT

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  16. I have no problem going slow in any area where there may be children, marked playground zone or not. Parents can talk to children about the importance of looking and paying attention before crossing until they’re blue in the face but children are still impulsive creatures by nature. I will always slow down in neighbourhoods and around parks and schools. To me, taking the extra time far outweighs what could possibly happen.

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  17. Pooja Alysha Pooja Alysha says:

    on the weekend infront of my house if there are no kids in sight only the rare few slow down… everyone else is pissed off behind them or going 50 through

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  18. Kate Ward Kate Ward says:

    I really don’t mind going 30, but I am a little unsure why jr highs need to be part of the school zones. if grade 6’s can be patrols, I would think that those grades 7 and up can cross the street safely.

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    • Cathy Rogers Cathy Rogers says:

      Kate Ward you would think… Right? Lol

      I live beside 2 high schools.. 2 junior highs and 2 elementary schools (all within 4 blocks of each other).. The elementary school kids usually have their parents with them or they are ushered into buses. The junior high kids think they are cool and a lot will just dash out without looking.. The high schoolers are like cattle, they cross in big groups (usually with their faces in their phones) and just when you think it’s safe … One or two lone cattle will rush out of no where. So with the junior high, as much as we think it’s safe to have a higher speed limit, they are usually the ones running into the traffic without looking

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    • Cathy Rogers ^^^ This!!!

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    • Niki Ginter Niki Ginter says:

      Both incidents by the school where this incident happened, there was one Tuesday morning as well, all three children were junior high students. Cathy is right, it’s not usually the little one you have to worry about, unless they have careless parents, it’s the older ones that seem to believe they’re invincible because they made it to 13 alive!

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    • Cathy Rogers Cathy Rogers says:

      Niki Ginter that’s a great way to put it! My son is 14 and he definitely knows how to cross the street.. But I tell you, I’ve seen him talking to a friend and not pay attention or have his brain on some other planet lol. And I’ve seen the kids at his school walk right into traffic thinking the cars can suddenly stop

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    • Niki Ginter Niki Ginter says:

      Cathy Rogers You mean cars don’t have a button that make them stop on a dime?! Drivers aren’t the only problem in this, kids don’t pay attention as well! We can’t fix their hormone infested, easily distracted brains, so we may as well slow down the drivers. I live right by the school zone where this happened. On a good day it takes you about 5 minutes to get from one side to the other for the amount of people that aren’t using the crosswalks and just expect vehicles to stop. It’s definitely a mixture of both! BUT knowing we’re in a playground/school zone, or even in areas where you see a lot of children, should make us more cautious and eagle eyed as drivers.

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    • Cathy Rogers Cathy Rogers says:

      Niki Ginter absolutely! I appreciate the drivers that take care.. I wish they all would. I pick my son up from school because the intersection he crosses is quite busy. It’s not that he can’t do it lol… But I’ve seen the drivers around there. I digress but I’ve seen parents come around the corners like they are in a race for a good parking spot… And last summer, I literally watched as one woman backed her car onto the sidewalk and grass to pull a u-turn (she came inches away from other students). We have cars that double park and refuse to budge until their kid exits the school and gets into the car… Causing a massive lineup into the street. We have cars that park on the opposite side of the road or will pull onto the street without looking behide them! This is a junior high.. So between the drivers and kids that are just walking around like zombies and walking into the road … I feel safer picking him up at school.

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    • Niki Ginter Fact. Lol

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    • Yeah i lived beside john de bracco or whatever. Lone people runnimg everywhere. Thanks god it was 30 most people went slower. Imagine if someone passed through there going 50 or 60 and had to slam om brakes. Imagines the accidents. Imagine the injured kids.

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  19. Really is a few seconds out your life to follow the speed limit too much to ask regardless of where it is or are they more important than another’s life by vechicular manslaughter?

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  20. I’m surprised to hear people say that 6pm is sufficient. Today it’s 7pm and our local playground is full. I can hear the kids from my house playing.

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    • Niki Ginter Niki Ginter says:

      Liz Kalisvaart I can hear kids still playing in the culdesac. Mine being one of them!

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    • its why I don’t get why everyone argues with 9pm.

      Don’t we WANT our kids outside playing?!?! Let’s keep it safe for them then!

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    • What kids are outside in the dead of winter at 9pm?

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    • The zones should be until 1hr after sunset. You most likely won’t find kids out at the playground at 8pm in December but you most definitely will in July. Most kids are in by dark so having that time frame makes for less frustrated drivers in the winter months and safer playground/school zones.

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    • Colleen Stewart-Christie – okay but that’s not consistent at all. We can’t get people to go slow DURING school hours and now you think they will magically slow down at dusk??

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    • The reason for the hours being the same for school and playgrounds is because it’s easier to remember. Hell half the time because I’m so used to it I still go 30 in the dead of night.

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    • Julie Cooper Julie Cooper says:

      Desiree Mystique Heck me too. I agree if you bring ng “dusk” in, it’s too open to interpretation. Listen. I’m an impatient person. Yet i can’t find a reason why going faster makes sense just for me. And admittedly one of those drivers who likes to speed and can’t understand la see da drivers

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    • Liz Kalisvaart where I live it’s 6 but this is specifically for schools and I still drive pretty cautiously around them anyway.

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  21. Just an FYI, the City issued s statement a few months back stating all school zones are now playground zones. They also switched about a dozen back to regular roads.

    BUT, consider this: They removed the playground zone in front of Mill Woods Christian School on Mill Woods Rd about a month ago and people still only go 30 km/h. Proof that people dont read signs.

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  22. Hold up though. We don’t know anything about this accident. For all we know, those girls farted out. No one can say for sure until after the investigation is done.

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    • Niki Ginter Niki Ginter says:

      Sarah B Weston Does it really matter? Better yet, would it matter if it were your child that may not make it to their grade 9 grad?

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    • Sarah B Weston Do you think they had chili for lunch ?

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    • Niki Ginter absolutely. If my child was being disrespectful of a moving object that weighs a ridiculous amount then I would be on them like fat kids on cheeseburgers that they need to respect the road.

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    • Niki Ginter also, they don’t have life threatening injuries. That says a lot. So I’m sure these 13 year olds (although in Grade eight) will make it to their grade 9 grad.

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    • Alden Gushnowski lol no. Sorry. My phone hates me. That was to say “darted”.

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    • Niki Ginter Niki Ginter says:

      I’m definitely not talking about this incident specifically. But I’m glad to hear that you apparently hate your children enough that you would be more concerned of them disrespecting a vehicle than possibly losing their lives or mobility when it could have been easily solved by people slowing the hell down.

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    • Niki Ginter I’m talking about this incident specifically so your point is lost. Sorry!

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    • also remember the SNOW STORM that happened that day? No? Alright.

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    • cant help but to agree a little.
      When I was a kid we had a healthy respect for cars, and we would be outside playing all day until dinner time or later. Road hockey, riding bikes (on the road), rollerblading, or just messing around.
      If cars came we were out of the way.
      Kids now don’t seem to do this. I had to go around a kid on a skateboard in front of my house in summer because he wouldn’t get the fuck out of the road. I’ve had kids cross on bikes and not at corners in front of my car. I’ve had a small child chase a ball or something onto the road. Hell, I’ve even watched some teens playing frogger across the frickin white mud near Ainely.

      Speed limits or not, there comes a point where people/kids/parents have to take some responsibility.
      Yes, cars are giant death machines and drivers should be held accountable when they are operated unsafely, but there is something to be said about operating your own body unsafely as well.

      (Note: I have no idea whether or not these teens ran out or were crossing safely. I’m just supporting the original comment)

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    • Julie Cooper Julie Cooper says:

      Let’s all remember children, especially teens push limits and break rules. So yes. Teach them. Then drive like they haven’t been taught so when they break the rules they only have broken bones and get to their grade 9 grad

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    • Julie Cooper why are you all mentioning Grade 9 grad (first of all kids don’t grad until grade 12 but ok) when these girls were 13?? Also, no, sorry, as much as drivers have to be responsible, so do teens. I would gather that a bus driver has much more of a responsible attitude than a 13 yr old. Teach your kids to respect the road because guaranteed bus driver have already been schooled in this.

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    • Mrk Pellerin Mrk Pellerin says:

      Sarah B Weston I agree with you. Let’s not jump to conclusions. The driver has not officially been charged and the incident has many factors to consider. Like weather conditions in addition to speed. There is nothing saying he was speeding. We are all speculating he had road rage. This was a horrible accident. Until more information is released no one can be sure what happened.

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    • Mrk Pellerin thank you! Finally some logical and rational thinking.

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  23. Josh Bauer Actually there aren’t any school zones anymore.

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  24. Maybe speed bumps is the answer. Just a couple feet apart through the whole school zone. That should slow people down.

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  25. Why can’t people just drive the speed limit? It’s really not that big of a deal. You’re not losing anything except a few seconds of your time. Get over it.

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    • nobody drives the speed limit anywhere! I’m learning how to drive right now and everyone is always ripping past me even though I’m usually within 5 klicks of the limit give or take. Its kinda scary. Especially when doing lane changes. Those are just a nightmare.

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    • Tatiana, I definitely do not miss the city! Everyone is in such a hurry to go nowhere

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  26. If you can’t handle slowing down for a school zone then you shouldn’t be driving. Vehicles have the potential to easily kill people and if you don’t respect that then you do not deserve the privelage of using the vehicle.

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  27. People need to calm the fuck down about school/playground zones. I promise you aren’t that important that you can’t spare an extra 30 seconds to slow down.

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  28. Bill Howatt Bill Howatt says:

    Jesus. The things people whine about. It’s really a major inconvenience to slow down by 20km around children and places with high pedestrian traffic? Where are you going that an extra 15 seconds is gonna cost you? Maybe chill the fuck out and leave yourself more time to get where you’re going.

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  29. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Parents, teach your children that roads and automobiles are dangerous. Any child that is stupid enough not to take measures not to get hit by a car shouldn’t muddy the gene pool anyway. 50km/h should be the slowest limit, period.

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    • And people that don’t respect a vehicle, like yourself, shouldn’t be driving a vehicle. I’ve seen people rip around a corner and blast through a crosswalk (with people walking in it). So no, if the speed limit is 30 then drive 30, if you can’t handle it then don’t drive

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    • Bill Howatt Bill Howatt says:

      With stupidity like that he won’t be of this world long..

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    • Bill Howatt Bill Howatt says:

      With stupidity like that he won’t be of this world long..

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    • The have the right of way when crossing at an intersection or a crosswalk, yes. Not when jay walking and not when crossing at an intersection when the permissive “walk” sign isn’t illuminated.

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    • Niki Ginter Niki Ginter says:

      Argue that one in a court when they ask why you didn’t slow down when you seen someone on the road way. I can almost guarantee that you would lose.

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    • Niki Ginter, you just lost all credibility when you said “you seen” instead of “you saw.”

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    • Of course I’ll make every effort to avoid hitting a pedestrian if I see one, but if I don’t manage to avoid them and they were being a suicidal idiot, then I shouldn’t be held accountable.

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    • Niki Ginter Niki Ginter says:

      Michael P. Keaton Oh no. Syntax error. How ever will I move on with my life knowing that I didn’t use proper syntax on Facebook….

      Then accept the slower speed limits where people are more likely to jaywalk, such as ignorant teenagers and unknowing children, and save yourself a man slaughter charge. ✌️

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  30. The worst is when the city places 30km signage, photo radars it for 2 years then removes the signs!??
    WTH Edmonton?
    Westlawn school signs are gone. Winterburn signs disappeared a couple of years ago.
    Confuses the heck out of people.

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  31. If you’re getting road rage over the 2 mins you have to go through a school or playground zone, you shouldn’t be behind a fucking wheel. Get the hell over it and take a chill pill when you’re driving. Smdh.

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  32. What’s sad is their needs to be a concrete solution found in 3 months or less and 99% of you will just bitch and do nothing about it lmao

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  33. Karo Li Na Karo Li Na says:

    Too bad too many kids feel entitled to cross without care and looking. Parents should play a role in teaching their kids.
    So what it is school zone, when so often drivers just don’t care !
    Kids, specially at that age should know better.
    Those school zones are often far from school ….witch I find missing the point …. while the French school on 99 str that is right beside it, somehow is still by 50km/k on one stretch.

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  34. I agree and Windemere is the worst I have ever seen , from people pulling u turns right in front of the schools to people drifting down the road

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  35. Dont forget it was snowy and icy that day……. did the girls think they could beat the bus and get across the street? I drove it that day with all the snow and icy it was slippery

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  36. Kevin Barry Kevin Barry says:

    MPH? I’ve been misreading the signs

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  37. Orrrrr people could be responsible for the 4000lb hunk of metal they are driving, and think about something other than themselves and SLOW DOWN. Driver frustration is not to blame, being a self centred fuck wit who can’t slow down for 5 blocks is.

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  38. Josh Regnier Josh Regnier says:

    30 MPH? What is this, Alabama?

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  39. You must not have kids! If your time is so valuable, leave a bit earlier so you don’t need to drive like an effin’ maniac to get where you’re going! Oh, and so sorry you have to slow down in a playground zone. These kids are not Important enough for your extra 30 seconds?
    That’s the problem with Alberta drivers these days, no one gives a f*ck about anyone else! Stop flooring it through these zones! Also, kids do use school and playground zones after 6 pm!

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  40. Larry King Larry King says:

    I pass thru a elementary school zone ,,,than a playground zone almost daily….there is a small parking lot across the street from the school…I see teachers and parents walking across the street (jay walking) a few feet from a cross walk…the only time the cross walk is used is when the kids cross in large groups…..and the only speeders are the school buses…

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    • Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

      There’s some impatient prick of a bus driver for the school on 102ave and 118st downtown, always wants to go through a stop sign without stopping and usually speeding

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  41. Lauri Restad Lauri Restad says:

    I can’t believe this is actually a post or topic for that matter SMH

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  42. If you are getting road rage from something like this you should surrender your licence, seek professional help and consider yourself a self centered pathetic asshole

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  43. Steph Dawn Steph Dawn says:

    Any child’s life matters far more than anywhere any of you road ragers need to go. If you can’t control yourselves stay home, you don’t belong in society.
    I live across the street from a school, I wish I could rage on these aholes that speed through school zones. You are not that important, you need to get some manners and social skills and you need to get over yourselves.
    It’s not hard, manage your time better and think of little lives and greater good.

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  44. I travel down hermitage to get to the yellowhead after hitting up mcdicks for a coffee and i got by 2 school zones and a playground zone. Everytime never fails some guy always wants to travel faster. Sometimes i take both lanes until im right at victoria trail. I mean i speed a bit im sure at times but i will always slow down for school and playground zones.

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  45. Just a thought so negative replies . We did not have speed zones at all when we were growing up around our schools and we all survived . Im seeing more And more pedestrians being hit in crosswalks than ever . Just saying whAt seems to have changed? Oh maybe cell phones and idiots

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  46. Jolene JT Jolene JT says:

    I think that the playground zones should be enforced from sunrise to sunset. In the winter it is pitch black and freezing out after 5pm not ideal conditions to be in an outdoor playground.

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  47. So we blame the school safety zone for someone else’s road rage? It’s the city’s fault driver’s can’t keep their shit on a leash for 15 seconds?

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  48. Alan Diehl Alan Diehl says:

    I don’t know of any school zone that you can do 30-50 mph.
    Maybe 30-50 kph. How about teaching kids to look both ways and use crosswalk and wait for the light to change and vehicles to actually stop before proceeding. You know, kinda like it was when you were a kid.

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  49. Instead of changing the speed they should just start being enforced see how many people will floor it then.

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  50. Donna Kelly Donna Kelly says:

    Mayb if parents educated their kids on car to human factors they wud realize that even with a 30km cushion promises no injuries or fatalities …

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  51. Hugh Black Hugh Black says:

    It’s people like the op is why there are accidents. Obviously they’ve been frustrated going 30 when they feel they have a right to go 50 or 60. Who cares if kids are playing on the block. Get out of his way of their car, cause he won’t stop.

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  52. Heath Bowen Heath Bowen says:

    This thread and the replied are halarious. I think there a places where the 30 zone is reasonable, other places like 144Ave where the schools and playgrounds are fenced off from traffic it’s not needed as much, then you get 66st and 129ave, it’s fenced and still 50km/h, I’ve never heard justification for that.. the narrower road is not speed reduced where as the wider one is. Then there’s the other day I was doing 34km/h at 7PM in a 30zone past a junior high, an EPS paddy wagon was riding my rear soooo close if I could remote drop my tail gate it would have hit them, pushing me to go faster. I saw a news article the other day.. the #1 offender for speeding in the “playground zones” are ETS busses. Personally I have yet to see photo radar in a playground zone.. always in the high traffic, low collision, low risk locations.

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  53. Victor Eff Victor Eff says:

    I didn’t realize so many drivers in Edmonton are so spastic. Is it really that important to be always in a rush?

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  54. Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

    I spend more time in school zones looking for the photo radar or the police trap up ahead than I do looking out for children, gotta make sure i’m under 30 lol

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