Tuesday, March 15, 2005

No right turn on red when children present

That traffic sign drives me nuts....I mean, if they're going to produce thousands of these signs and post them at intersections in order to communicate an expectation of me, the driver, then I think they could have been a little more specific.....

By "when children present", does that mean if children are present anywhere?? If children are present inside the school on the corner? Only if children are visible to the driver? What if they're playing on a fenced in playground or backyard nearby? Is it only if there are children present on the streetcorner, waiting to cross? Or does it mean that I can't turn right on a red light when there's a child directly in my path, walking across the street?? In which case, duh....I wouldn't hit a kid, right?

Who do I complain to about this important issue?

Okay, I guess it's not that important, but it still bugs me.


Drew Hibbard said...

I don't know how Rochester works, but it would either be your local city government, the township government, or Sangamon County, depending on who has authority over the road.

Anyway, I think the sign is referring to the fact that the high school is nearby there, and they have those wacky traffic regulations for places near schools. It's like those "20 MPH Speed Limit" signs near schools that say "when children present" that nobody obeys. They mean when there are children at the school.

Michael Tosh said...

AS FAR AS I KNOW: if the sign is near a school zone then that means you cannot turn right when school is in sesson or if any children are in the line of sight. Meaning anywhere that could be effected by the vechile or vechiles near by. So basically if you can see a child...no right turn. Thats what I have been told.

gretchen lee said...

And, herein lies the problem...lots of "I think" or "I've been told"...but I'm looking for something a little more credible....thanks, guys...I'm gonna do some more research on this one and let you know (cause I know you're all on the edge of your seats).