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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

20 mph Traffic Zone

24 Sep Blog | Comments

It’s that time of year again where we see yellow buses and yellow flashing lights. Schools are back in session and police cars are out in full force watching for people speeding, especially in a 20 mph traffic zone. It is important that we all get back into the habit of slowing down when we see those yellow flashing lights.

People wonder sometimes why we have to slow down to 25 mph. They argue that most kids get bus to school nowadays. The reality is that any students living within 1 mile of their School is going to be walking. It doesn’t matter whether they have sidewalks or not.

However, even if that was not the case the main purpose of the 20 mph traffic zone is really to make people aware that they are entering a school traffic zone. With buses coming in and out, students being dropped off and students walking to school there’s a much larger population of students around while those yellow lights are blinking. If a student ever tries to cross the street when they are not supposed to a car going 20 mph is much more likely to be able to stop in time versus a car going 35 to 40 mph.

That is also the reason buses are yellow, because Yellow indicates caution reminding a person to slow down and drive with more caution. Yellow indicates caution reminding a person to slow down and drive with more caution. When a person is driving near a yellow bus he or she needs to be aware of the possibility of that bus stopping to drop off students.

The bus will first put on its yellow lights to let the cars behind it know that I will be stopping soon. Then the bus driver will turn its red lights on and a stop sign should come out from the side of the bus. The red lights indicate the bus driver will be stopping to drop students off. Vehicles behind the bus and/or next to the bus are required to stop also, for the safety of the students getting off the bus.

Once the bus turns its red lights off and pulls the stop sign back in cars may go forward again. Be aware that speeding passed a school bus can get a person a pretty hefty speeding ticket. The best and only course of action is to accept that you may have to stop a few times along with the school bus.

Although the 20 mph traffic zone and being stuck behind a school bus might be a bit of a pain it is for the safety of the students attending that school. Or riding a school bus. It could ultimately be a pain for you as well if you don’t follow the speed limit laws. School zones are notorious for having the most expensive speeding tickets. The purpose is to remind the driver here she needs to slow down when they see those yellow blinking lights.

Most schools run from the end of August to the beginning of June, so be aware of and watch out for those school zones. And when you come across a 20 mph traffic zone slow down and watch for students.



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