04/18/2012 11:44 EDT | Updated 06/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Manitoba government appears set to lower speed limits near some schools

WINNIPEG - Manitoba drivers will soon have to slow down in school zones or face fines.

The province is set to introduce legislation that will allow municipalities to set their own speed limits near school properties, Transportation Minister Steve Ashton said Wednesday.

"I think the experience across Canada has been that you're better off to allow communities to make those decisions because, you know, no two communities are alike," he said.

The move follows a request from Winnipeg city council, which voted earlier this year to reduce the current 50-kilometre-an-hour limit around all schools within city limits. That request requires approval from the province.

Ashton says the Manitoba law will be much like Saskatchewan, where municipalities can set their own speed limits and determine their location.

"There will be an ability for municipalities to determine what fits in their municipality."

The proposed law could be tabled as early as Thursday.