School Zone Safety Reminder


The Redding Police Departments 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 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 total fine for failing to stop for the red flashing lights on a school bus is $664.00.

We 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.

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3 Responses

  1. David M. Kerr says:

    RPD is also giving tickets for going 25 when no children are present.  I was cited in January at 9:30 am on a Friday.  The motorcycle officer tailgated me for the whole length of the school zone.  The ticket said I should have been doing 45.  In traffic court, the judge reduced the fine from $229 to $179.  From my three hours in traffic court, it appears motorists are always found guilty.  Sometimes the fine is reduced when the judge should have dismissed the ticket.

    Lesson one:  when RPD is tailgating you, put on your signal and pull over as soon as it is safe.  RPD is writing large numbers of tickets to pay for the court house.  My traffic court was delayed until April because there is such a backlog from so many tickets.

    I decided to charge the state of California and Redding a fine of ten times the $179.  It could go on to 20 or 30 times.

  2. David M. Kerr says:

    When RPD writes an inappropriate ticket, it often means the officer is in traffic court for three hours.  He could have been writing tickets to promote public safety, like red light runners, speeders, reckless drivers, etc.  To collect $179 from me, RPD missed out on the opportunity to write over $500 in legitimate tickets.  My action plan against Redding will cost the city and state a minimum of $2,000.  I usually pay $1,000 in California income tax.  I reduced my IRA withdrawals and stock sales so it will go to zero.

  3. cheyenne says:

    Wyoming state law requires all school buses to be equipped with cameras to catch motorists driving past school buses with lights flashing when the bus is unloading or loading students.  This law was passed because a few years ago a girl was killed by a motorist who drove through the warning lights and the bus drivers also complained about their buses being passed repeatedly.

    And I guess it is good that I don’t still live in Redding because, after years of working in Redding schools, I always drive slow through school zones at any time.  Though I find it difficult to believe any police officer would give a ticket for driving too slow in a school zone.

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