Last October Carina Denisenko was struck and killed by a vehicle on the road directly in front of Winkler’s new high school, Northlands Parkway Collegiate. NPC was allowed to open for the start of the 2013 school season without proper signage, flashing lights or a painted corridor to alert motorists to the presence of pedestrians along the busy Provincial Road 428.
“How could the NDP government declare a school ready to open without the basic pedestrian safety measures in place?” said Cameron Friesen, MLA for Morden – Winkler.
Today, Friesen introduced Private Members’ Bill 203, The Public Schools Amendment Act (Pedestrian Safety at New Schools). “Carina’s Law” would improve pedestrian safety at new schools by requiring a traffic safety analysis as part of the planning process to determine if upgrades are needed to improve pedestrian safety. Any necessary upgrades would need to be completed before the new school opens.
In the wake of Carina’s tragic death, the NDP have failed to implement any changes to keep kids safe on their way to and from school. Calls from the communities of Carman, Swan River and Brandon for better pedestrian safety measures have gone unanswered by the NDP. It’s time to implement real changes to help keep Manitoba students safe.