Police Remind Drivers to Use Care Around Schools, Buses

The Redding Police Department’s Traffic Unit would like to remind you that school is back in session. School buses will be back on the road transporting our children to school, and our children will be walking to school.

Remember to watch for school buses that are stopped to pick up or drop off our children. You are required to stop in both directions when the red lights are flashing unless you are traveling on a multiple lane roadway (more than one lane in each direction) or divided highway (divided by a painted island or physical barrier) and you are coming from the opposite direction. Passing a school bus when you are traveling in the same direction as the school bus when the red lights are flashing is a violation. The minimum fine for failing to stop for the red flashing lights on a school bus is $649.

Police would also like to remind drivers to be especially watchful for pedestrian and bicycle traffic in school zones. When children are present in a designated school zone, the speed limit is 25 mph, regardless of time of day or day of the week. Children often run into the roadway without looking and schools often hold events for their students at various times and days. Expect the unexpected.

The Redding Police Department will be increasing traffic enforcement in school zones and around school bus stops throughout the City of Redding. School zone violations are strictly enforced for the safety of our children.

Be alert and drive safely.

Brian Moore
Traffic Specialist

-from press release

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