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Archived News Release from 2006

For Immediate Release

State Grant Provides Redwood City with School Zone Speed Enforcement Signs

Redwood City, CA - November 28, 2006 - Sixteen special radar-activated speed enforcement signs are now being installed on streets near eight schools throughout the community, as part of Redwood City’s efforts to make the streets safe for students, families, bicyclists, and motorists. A $141,000 grant paid for these very visible signs, which electronically display the speed of an oncoming vehicle - if the vehicle exceeds the speed limit, then the sign starts flashing the speed. Such signs have been shown to be effective in getting the attention of motorists and thereby reducing the incidence of speeding. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As these signs are installed, the Redwood City Police Department is increasing its speed enforcement in the same areas. This is a “saturation” approach to identifying and stopping speeding vehicles, and officers will be paying particular attention to violations in the vicinity of pedestrians. In conjunction with the new speed enforcement signs, turn violations and parking violations within school zones are also being strictly enforced. In addition to these electronic signs, the Redwood City Police Department purchased 300 bicycle helmets that are being distributed to students by police officers, as another way to help ensure safety on the roads.

Some of the new electronic speed enforcement signs have already been installed, while others will be installed shortly – locations include streets near the following schools:

  • Roosevelt
  • Taft
  • Sandpiper
  • John Gill
  • Hoover
  • Roy Cloud
  • Hawes
  • Kennedy

The City of Redwood City and the Redwood City Police Department wish to thank the California Office of Traffic Safety for making it possible to provide these signs for the safety of the entire community of Redwood City.

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Contact:
Brad Johnson
Redwood City Police Department
(650) 780-7100

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