Can the City install "Children at Play" or "SLOW" signs on my street?
Children at Play signs are not recognized by the State of California or the Federal government as official traffic control devices, and are therefore not installed on public streets in the City of Santa Rosa.

Traffic studies have shown that these signs do not increase driver awareness to the point of reducing vehicle speeds or pedestrian accidents. In fact, placement of the signs may actually increase the potential for accidents by providing a false sense of protection that does not exist and cannot be guaranteed.

Citizens also frequently request SLOW signs or reduced speed limit signs on residential streets. The speed limit on a residential street is 25 miles per hour, whether posted or not. If the City posted such streets at 10 miles per hour, it is likely that the courts would consider the street a speed trap, and in accordance with state law, find any citation issued invalid. SLOW signs are ineffective at reducing speeds because if a driver passes the sign and encounters no reason to slow down (or doesn’t know how much to slow down) that driver may become confused and foster disrespect for all signs.

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1. How are speed limits established and how can I reduce or increase the speed limit on a particular street?
2. Can the City install "Children at Play" or "SLOW" signs on my street?
3. Can the City install a deer crossing sign at a particular location?
4. Can I get red curb painted in front of the fire hydrant by my house?
5. Can the City paint red curb so I can see getting out of a driveway, street or parking lot?
6. How can I get a stop sign installed on a neighborhood street to slow speeders down?
7. What is a commercial vehicle prohibition?
8. How can I get a radar speed feedback sign on my street?
9. How long can a car stay parked on the street?
10. How does a signal operate? Is a specific signal operating correctly?
11. How does a signal operate? Is a specific signal operating correctly?
12. Why do I have to stop? Why are signals so poorly synchronized?
13. Why do I have to wait so long after I stop at a specific signal?
14. Why isn’t there enough green time to get the traffic through the signal for a specific movement?
15. How do I get a new signal installed?
16. How do I find how much traffic there is at a specific location, or how many accidents there have been?
17. How do I find how a signal was operating at a specific time and date, and if it was operating correctly?
18. How does a pedestrian signal work?