Honk: Are those 'Children at Play' signs legal?

Feb 11, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Orange Co. Register

Q. Is it legal for someone to put those "Slow Children at Play" signs in the middle of the street?i 1 2 A family in our neighborhood puts them in the street, and not only is there barely enough room to get around them, at night you don't see them until you're right on top of them.i 1 2 It seems that some folks think the street is a playground, and ...

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Tan

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If those sign are not permitted than why are they sold?
Let me tell you why we buy them, it is because most people are not paying attention, texting or on their phones, or driving too fast. They are the ones that complain!!! Slow down in residential areas and there won't be any problems!
And yes, the street is a playground for our kids to play!!
If the police are being called out to access a situation, our city should be notified as well and they should take the time to put speed bumps in each and every single residential area instead of spending tax dollars on arguing about school boundaries!!
CHP

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Private citizens are prohibited from placing signs, banners, barriers or other devices in the public right-of-way on any government funded and controlled street without specific government approval from the agency that maintains that roadway.
Tan wrote:
And yes, the street is a playground for our kids to play!!
That's not what the vehicle code says.
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No, the public roadways are NOT playgrounds for your kids to play in. You should teach your kids not to play on the street, and THEN there won't be any problems. Roadways are for automotive machinery, and where permitted, bicycles. You have a yard and a house. That is where your kids should play. Don't try to hold the general public accountable for your bad parenting.
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i definitely agree with the previous posts, the street is not for children. growing up, i was told repeatedly not to go in the street.

parents need to stop being lazy and take their kids to the many parks available, rather than annoy motorists.

next time you see one, reach out, pick it up, and knock it over.
Right Thinker

Valley Village, CA

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You are a bunch of OldF with no family at old if you think that way.
And you are very wrong too. The law allows those signs on post but not in the middle of the street, but they are not allow in a couple cities.
Dan

Yucaipa, CA

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"The law allows those signs on post but not in the middle of the street, but they are not allow in a couple cities. "

Are they allowed, or not allowed? You shouldn't post, because you CLEARLY DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER!

The vehicle code, as described above does NOT permit anyone buy the local highway AUTHORITY to post signs.
Tatiana

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1. Not everyone has a backyard. 2. Not all kids are playing in the street.

Those of you asking about legality of kids playing in the street and posting signs should ask yourselves if speeding, texting, and talking on your mobile is legal and should you doing that be paid at the expense of our children's lives and safety.

Those signs say "Children at Play" which could be on the front lawn, or kids just walking up and down their street on their way home or just to a neighbors house. Sometimes a ball may roll out into the street or some other accident and there you are speeding at 30+ mph and a kid runs out to get it(no matter how many times you tell them not to and they are fast!) What happens then...almost guaranteed death. Big deal if you have to slow down to get around a sign and it takes you 3 extra seconds to get get home. If you want to call somebody lazy look in the mirror. It takes more work to pick up a sign and put it into the street and then pick it up and bring it in then it does for you to change the position of your foot to the brake and slow your car down.

What's the penalty for killing a child because you were texting or just too lazy to slow down?
Tatiana

Burlingame, CA

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Who should be accountable for people who think the roads are race tracks or a perfect place to text or talk on their mobile phones while driving? Those signs aren't just because kids are playing in the streets otherwise you would see (hopefully if you're looking up) kids and not a sign. The signs are a warning that kids are at play in the neighborhood and to be careful just in case one runs out into the street for whatever reason. The signs are to wake people up and tell them to slow down. If you or one of your family members were harmed or killed because of some selfish driver you would think differently and these things happen every day.
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No, the public roadways are NOT playgrounds for your kids to play in. You should teach your kids not to play on the street, and THEN there won't be any problems. Roadways are for automotive machinery, and where permitted, bicycles. You have a yard and a house. That is where your kids should play. Don't try to hold the general public accountable for your bad parenting.
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Geez...I was just googling around to see if these such signs were legal and this is what I got! It's funny to me that people can fight about anything! I live on a/the "same such" busy corner where people are racing to get home! Understandable they are anxious to get home to be with their loved ones! BUT!!!! We are already home! People do not care....we have already lost two animals to "such a street"....my small children have a bus stop on "such a street"....& guess what people don't stop or slow down for that either. Sad! I teach my children daily to be mindful of the street! Look both ways....listen for the cars....everything....but there could always be that "one bad day"......so now tell me I'm a bad parent or WHITE ( which was a very stupid comment by the way) that I choose to keep my children safe at all costs....and keep unmindful idiots from naturally selecting my child! Good Grief! Clearly the people who would complain about "such signs" have no children. Naturally selected of course!!!!
White with a life

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Bogard wrote:
You white people complaint about the dumbest shit...get a life already!
You are not very smart yourself. Our son was just hit on a ATV by a pick up. He looked both ways nothing coming pulled out and got hit by some dumb idiot like i guess you going fast down a gravel road between posted "slow children at play" signs. on yeah that was smart and I do have a life and I am white. I think I am lucky being white with a brain instead of stupid and black.
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I am a peace officer and I assure you public highways (includes back alleys and all streets) is NOT a playground. It is used legally for vehicles. Pedestrians can walk on left side of roadway if no sidewalk is present. Impeding traffic is another reason for it. Of course each municipality/state/province etc will have their own bylaws. Keep your children safe, keep them off the roadway.
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What is wrong with you people. Our kids are not allowed to ride bikes in the street or just kick a ball or play basketball? What about writing with chalk? I don't get it. We are trying to provide a safe place for them to play. You are joking when you say bring to a park to ride a bike? This is where you teach your kids to be safe at your own house. I can't even trust parks anymore. Shame on your people for getting annoyed with the signs. Do you also get annoyed with the Elderly Crossing signs and the "Vision Impaired" signs? How about Turtle Crossing or Deer Crossing. Are they suppose to be put in a zoo. Too bad our parks are in no condition for children. Drugs, needles, peverts and the like. Working parents like to have their kids play where they pay their tax dollars.
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I pay my tax dollars just the same as any other working person (with children or without). I don't speed, especially in my residential neighborhood, and I NEVER text while driving. I want to drive my car, without having to worry that one of my neighbor's got 4 of his kids playing in the street! Frankly, it's annoying to have to wait for them to clear their bikes and balls. And even more annoying when the sign is smack in the middle of the road, forcing me to have to veer so far to the left or right that I'm almost touching a car parked on the side of the road. You think a sign is going to save your child from a speeding car or a drunk driver? Absolutely not. Keep your kids and those obvious traffic violating signs off the street! The road is for vehicles! Absolutely not for children. "Concerned parents"? Not if you're letting your kids play in one of the most dangerous zones. The road.
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I do NOT give a shit if it is illegal, annoying or what other justification you can throw out to not care for the safety of children. If my child impulsively or not runs out to grab a ball from the street and those sign slows drivers down so she doesn't get hit, well I did my job. Let me make this perfectly clear Rebecca, when it comes down to your righteousness or my child's welfare, you lose. That battle to protect my child will go with me to my grave!! One day when you are a parent you will get it.
Rebecca wrote:
I pay my tax dollars just the same as any other working person (with children or without). I don't speed, especially in my residential neighborhood, and I NEVER text while driving. I want to drive my car, without having to worry that one of my neighbor's got 4 of his kids playing in the street! Frankly, it's annoying to have to wait for them to clear their bikes and balls. And even more annoying when the sign is smack in the middle of the road, forcing me to have to veer so far to the left or right that I'm almost touching a car parked on the side of the road. You think a sign is going to save your child from a speeding car or a drunk driver? Absolutely not. Keep your kids and those obvious traffic violating signs off the street! The road is for vehicles! Absolutely not for children. "Concerned parents"? Not if you're letting your kids play in one of the most dangerous zones. The road.
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I hate the morons that fly by my house at 70 MPH when the limit is set at 35 MPH. I have 2 young kids and we use the sidewalk to get to our car, it doesn't take much to lose control of a vehicle when going that fast. I'm afraid one of the jerks are going to jump the curb. If people would follow posted speed limits, us parents would not have to buy signs like this!
Mother and grandmother

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To the parents who place these signs in the middle of the streets. Last week I was cautiously driving through my neighborhood. Two families have their signs in the middle of the road. Instead of my attention being focused on the children at play, it was focused on trying to manuever my car between the sign and the cars that were parked on the side of the street. A child darted into the road and I narrowly missed her by inches. Thanks be to God. As a mother and a grandmother I certainly understand your frustration and concern with the inconciderate idiots on the road. However, please keep your signs to the side of the street. I could have killed your child because of that sign and we'd all have to sleep with that.
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I live in a quiet suburban area where the kids like to ride bikes in the road. It's very difficult to ride bikes in the yard as some of you have suggested. Since a neighbor at the end of the street owns a small marijuana business, we get a phenomenal amount of traffic. The police haven't felt a need to stop him since that would require them getting out of the car. They did however tell us that our kids playing sign was illegal. Luckily for us, Virginia is an open carry firearm state, I find that standing our with my kids and a gun gets the pot heads to stop texting and speeding down the road.
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To mother and grandmother- not buying it. Driving is all about Multi-tasking. If you can't manage around the signs and watch for kids at the same time, then you need to be off the road. Time to hand the keys over!
mother and grandmother

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WTF wrote:
To mother and grandmother- not buying it. Driving is all about Multi-tasking. If you can't manage around the signs and watch for kids at the same time, then you need to be off the road. Time to hand the keys over!
To WTF: I assure you that I am a very competent driver and an adept multi-tasker. The child ran from behind a car parked on the side of the street. It's not as though I was driving through a barren wasteland. It's a narrow curved road with cars parked on the side. Plenty to obstruct one's view. Please don't be such an ass.
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Armed Dad wrote:
I live in a quiet suburban area where the kids like to ride bikes in the road. It's very difficult to ride bikes in the yard as some of you have suggested. Since a neighbor at the end of the street owns a small marijuana business, we get a phenomenal amount of traffic. The police haven't felt a need to stop him since that would require them getting out of the car. They did however tell us that our kids playing sign was illegal. Luckily for us, Virginia is an open carry firearm state, I find that standing our with my kids and a gun gets the pot heads to stop texting and speeding down the road.
I think you need to take a trip down the street, visit your neighbor and relax. Leave the piece at home.

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