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City Council to consider Traffic Bylaw Amendment that will enhance Safety in School and Playground Zones

Post Date:07/16/2019 8:33 AM
For Immediate Release
July 16, 2019

City Council to consider Traffic Bylaw Amendment that will enhance Safety in School and Playground Zones 

Swift Current City Council, at their regular Council Meeting on Monday, July 15th, gave Notice of Motion that it will consider amending the School Zone and Active Playground Zone Traffic Bylaw to enhance safety in and around schools and playgrounds.

The proposed amendments to the Bylaw state that, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM, seven days per week, all motor vehicles traveling within School and Playground Zones will obey a speed limit of 30 km/h and will not be permitted to make U-Turns. Should Council approve the proposed Bylaw amendments, the updated Bylaw will go into effect prior to the start of the new school year in September.

“We want to make the areas in the community that are busy with young pedestrians as safe as possible,” said Mitch Minken, General Manager of Infrastructure & Operations for the City of Swift Current. “Reducing the speed limit by 10 km/h gives motorists and pedestrians much more time to react in unexpected situations, and it significantly lowers the likelihood of serious injury should a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian occur.”

Public engagement will be vital to the process of changing traffic rules within the community, and the City will be launching an outreach and education campaign to ensure that motorists are aware of the proposed amendments.

“We believe this is something our community will whole-heartedly support,” said Minken. “It’s an easy sacrifice for each of us to make to add a few extra seconds to our commute every day in the name of public safety, and particularly the safety of children.”

As with all Notices of Motion, residents of Swift Current are afforded the opportunity to weigh in on the proposal. Individuals who wish to speak either in support of – or in opposition to – the proposed amendments can do so by contacting the City Clerk, Jackie Schlamp, via email at j.schlamp@swiftcurrent.ca or by telephone at 306.778.2723.

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For more information please contact:


Michael Boutilier
Communications & Stakeholder Relations Coordinator
City of Swift Current
m.boutilier@swiftcurrent.ca
306.741.0732
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