• Slow Down for Schools Candidates Say

    LONDON–A pedestrian struck by a car traveling 30 km/h has a 90 per cent chance of survival. At 40 km/h this drops to 60 per cent and the chance of survival reduces even further as the speed increases. Toronto, Kitchener, Guelph, and major cities across North America have adopted lower school zone speed limits as a strategy to protect kids.

    “Why not London?”, asks TVDSB Candidate Jake Skinner (Ward 7s, 8, 9, 10, 13)

    It is time London lowered its speed limit around its schools in residential neighbourhoods to 30 km/h. say several candidates on the ballot across London this coming Monday.

    It is a particular concern for residents living on Viscount according to Ward 10 candidate Virginia Ridley. “Over and over I am asked by residents what I will do about traffic speeds. Speed bumps are not working, we need to change the way people are driving through the secondary roads to increase the safety of all, but especially children and youth,” says Ridley. “I will do everything I can to support reducing the speed limits in school zones.”

    A number of city council candidates have indicated a willingness to investigate this idea including, Nancy McSloy, Tanya Park and Josh Morgan. Skinner also has the support of fellow Trustee Candidate Shawn Lewis (wards 1, 11, 12, and 14) for enforcing lower speed limits in school zones.

    On September 26th just before 8am there was an accident on Viscount near Andover where the driver took out the guard barriers – this is a high traffic area for students.

    The policy change proposed by Skinner and Ridley would lower speed limits to 30 km/h from 7am to 5pm on school days where schools are located in residential communities on secondary streets. A school zone would begin 150 meters before a school and extend 150 meters after a school. Why extend school zone speed limits beyond school hours? Because schools are neighbourhood hubs it is good public policy to have the same level of safety for students and residents using the school after-hours as during the day.

    Opponents to these laws usually cite increased traffic times as the key objection.

    “While the savings of going a little faster on a short trip is usually measured in seconds, an accident in one of these areas can have lifelong consequences. Let’s prevent a tragedy by being proactive in initiating lower speed limits around our schools,” says Skinner


    For More Information Contact:

    Jake Skinner

    TVDSB Trustee Candidate,

    Wards 7, 8, 9, 10, 13



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