Motorists in Brandon, Man., will have to slow down near schools starting this fall.

Brandon city council voted on Tuesday night to reduce the speed limit at residential school zones to 30 kilometres an hour — down from 50 km/h — in September.

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Brandon city council voted on Tuesday to reduce the speed limit at residential school zones to 30 km/h starting in September. (CBC)

The lower speed limit will be in effect between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Brandon School Division chair Mark Sefton said officials are being proactive about safety.

"I think anytime you combine excited young children with traffic, there's the chance that there's going to be a very unfortunate situation," he told CBC News on Wednesday.

"The kids are excited to be going to school or coming home. They're talking with their friends…. There's all kinds of people parked there to pick up kids or drop kids off. Children are distracted."

Sefton said there will be plenty of signage warning drivers of the reduced speed zones, and Brandon police will enforce the speed limit.

City officials in Winnipeg are looking at lowering the speed limit at school zones there.

The proposal was approved by the infrastructure renewal and public works committee on Tuesday and will next be reviewed by council's executive policy committee.