Monthly Archives: March 2011
In response to neighbors’ concerns, the Sacramento Police Department and Parking Enforcement will write citations in the neighborhood as part of the Mercy Hospital Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (Traffic Calming Committee).
Police and parking enforcement officers will enforce traffic laws in support of the plan.
They will be looking for:
Speeding ($214 to $328)
Running stop signs ($214) and signals ($436)
Driving using cell phone, not hands free (1st offense-$148, subsequent offense – $256)
East Sacramento Preservation received detailed information about Sacred Heart Parish School’s efforts to lessen its impact on neighborhood traffic.
Following are the strategies SHPS reports using:
- Staggering dismissal times–Kindergarteners (the students who take the longest to load into a car) are now dismissed 15 minutes later than the rest of the student body.
- Students who walk and ride bikes or scooters are held on campus until the car traffic has subsided (average 75 students a day in the winter months).
- We have a window of half an hour for parents to pick up students so not all parents need to arrive at the same time.
- We send frequent reminders, via email and newsletter, to parents that they should not stop and wait at the STOP signs and to obey all traffic laws.
- We time our dismissal on a daily basis and have found that from start to finish it takes about 15 minutes, while only 10 of those minutes seem to affect 39th Street.
- We encourage parents who are walking their students to park at the church and walk down to school.
- All teachers and teaching assistants are on the yard or on a crossing duty after school each day.
ESP, Inc. applauds the school and its responsiveness to neighborhood concerns. Illegal parking in red zones and waiting for students in traffic lanes has lessened. Parents are staggering pick ups and the back up of traffic is not as severe. The street is still blocked, but it has improved.
However, there is one sobering consideration about these strategies: if there were a life threatening event on 39th Street during the 10-15 minutes that traffic is backed up, first responders could have difficulty maneuvering on the street. Additionally, these policies are not a fix, they just improve a bad traffic plan–they don’t correct it.