Speeding on University of Manitoba roads a campus concern

The University of Manitoba has noticed motorists are speeding on campus, which security officials say puts students, staff and others at risk.
People who live on and around the University of Manitoba say they're worried about how fast people drive on campus. 1:49

The University of Manitoba has noticed motorists are speeding on campus, which security officials say puts students, staff and others at risk.

The posted speed limit on campus is 30 kilometres an hour, but university security staff say the majority of drivers don't follow that rule.

A recent campus SpeedWatch project found that 51 per cent of motorists drive 11 km/h or more over the limit.

John Burchill of the university's risk management and security services office says drivers should remember who they share the roads with on campus.

"We have a number of daycares. We have, you know, upwards of 28,000 [or] 29,000 students on campus," he said, adding that cyclists are also on the roads.

Some drivers noted that they enter the campus from city roads like Chancellor Matheson Road and University Crescent — which have speed limits of 70 and 50 km/h, respectively — and some may not be aware that they have to slow down to 30 km/h.

"That's quite a jump," said Judy Selcon, who was driving in the area Tuesday. "You got to make yourself aware of what you're entering."

Student Ashley Rogoski said there should be more signage to alert drivers to the speed limit drop.

"I find people speed a lot — just don't care, kind of in a rush, want to get the better parking spots," she said.

University security recently fined a driver for $520 for speeding at 67 kilometres an hour.

"Relax and take your time. It doesn't take a long time to get around campus," said Burchill.

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