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When driving in school zones, you must slow down, be extra cautious and watch for kids. Maximum speed limits of 30 km/h around many schools are in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday from September to June, inclusive.
Speed increases the severity of a crash. The greater the speed, the shorter the reaction time and the greater the risk of death or serious injury. The faster you go, the harder you collide. Always respect the posted speed limit and drive to any adverse conditions.
Rain, snow, or wind - many weather conditions can affect road conditions and your field of vision, requiring more time and distance for you to stop.
Driving drunk slows reaction time and continues to be a major contributor to fatal collisions in Manitoba. It’s also a criminal offence that can result in severe penalties, including jail time. Alcohol impairment was a factor in 18 per cent of all fatalities recorded in 2017.
While Canada has legalized marijuana, it is illegal to drive while impaired by drugs – and you can get caught. In Manitoba, all drivers suspected by police of being under the influence of any drug can receive an immediate 24-hour roadside licence suspension, followed by more testing and potential charges, demerits and fines.
Prescription and non-prescription drugs can also affect your driving ability. Drivers taking multiple medications should talk to their doctor and be aware of possible drug interactions that could affect their ability to drive.
Don’t text and drive. It’s against the law and you’ll get a three-day roadside licence suspension, a $672 fine and the potential of five demerits upon conviction on the Driver Safety Rating scale on your first infraction. Put away your phone and focus on the task of driving.
Kids and pets are just a couple of common distractions that can pull your attention from the road. If you need to attend to someone else in in your vehicle, pull over and stop first.
Buckle up – no matter where you are sitting in a vehicle or how long or short your trip is. People not using their seatbelts are 26 times more likely to be killed and two times more likely to be seriously injured in a collision than people using their seatbelt.
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