School Zones

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What's the speed limit at a school zone?

The speed limit in a school zone is 25 mph.This is the "prima facie" speed for all school zones.

If I don't see any children, do I still need to go 25 mph?

That depends. The California Vehicle Code says that when you approach or pass a school building that is posted with the warning sign, you must drive 25 mph while children are going to or leaving the school either during school hours or during the noon recess.

However, if there is not a fence, gate or other physical barrier that separates the school from the roadway, you must drive 25 mph while the school is in use. This means the whole school day. So, why take a chance, when you come to a school zone, slow down to 25 mph. Not only will you save yourself from getting a ticket, but you may save a childÕs life. A child that may suddenly run out in the street in front of you or one that may e chasing that ball into the street without looking first. Remember, they are children, we are adults. We are responsible for the safety and well being of our children.

Palm Desert Police in conjunction with Riverside County Sheriff Department will be out in force during the school year to ensure that our children are kept safe and allowed to enjoy their school time.

The Palm Desert Traffic Services Team wishes to remind motorist that School is still in session. We ask the following: Motorists please watch your speed in and around schools. Parents/caregivers should only drop off their children in designated drop off zones. Parents/ caregivers should not allow their children to exit vehicles onto the street or into traffic. Children should be directed to use crosswalks when ever possible. Additionally, bicyclists under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet. The Palm Desert Traffic Services Team thanks you for your cooperation and wishes you a safe & happy holiday season.
The Palm Desert Traffic Services Team consists of two Sergeants, four Motors, and six Deputies. Traffic Services primary mission is to improve public safety while insuring the efficient flow of traffic. If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding traffic in Palm Desert please contact the Traffic Services Team at 760/ 836-1600 or see their website.