Keeping Our Streets Safe is a High Priority
The Public Works Department designs, constructs, and maintains City streets while the Police Department enforces traffic laws. The City has a Traffic Safety Team that meets regularly to evaluate concerns about traffic safety while also addressing community member concerns.
This page provides helpful traffic safety related information. In addition, it provides a portal for our community members to share their concerns directly with our Traffic Safety Team.
If your concern involves an immediate threat to life or safety please dial 911.
Traffic Safety Education, Engineering, and Enforcement
Safety education programs are an important component of a comprehensive traffic calming program. These programs encourage the public to be more aware of their own driving behavior and the impact it has on others. Pedestrian and bicycle safety programs educate pedestrians and bicyclists on road safety. Driver safety information and education on existing laws helps improve driver behavior.
By working alongside the American Canyon Police Department, we can vary our safety education programs to include School Safety Education Classes and Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Workshops.
The California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices 2014 Revision 3 is maintained by the Federal Highway Administration with modifications made by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans). The Manual is revised periodically with input from practitioners, agencies, and other stakeholders. It is intended to set minimum standards and provide guidance on implementation of all traffic control devices in order to ensure uniformity of those devices on the transportation network in California, and to enhance safety and efficiency in the transportation system.
The use of the Manual ensures compliance with all requirements of the California Vehicle Code (CVC) related to the installation and operation of traffic control devices. Examples of some of the standards set by the Manual include the establishment and posting of speed limits, the placement of stop signs, and the standards for striping of roadways, pathways, and trails.
Two American Canyon Police Officers are assigned to traffic enforcement. The Officers ride police motorcycles during their enforcement period, weather permitting. One Officer works Monday through Thursday, while the other works Tuesday through Friday. Both Officers work between 7:30am - 4:30pm when school and commute traffic is the heaviest. These two Officers tend to focus on school traffic during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times along with two Police Technicians. The remaining hours of their day are focused on community safety needs as identified either by their own observations, or through complaints and accident history.
Pedestrian and Driver Safety Tips
Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Be safe and be seen
- Look left, look right, and look left again before crossing the street
- Always make eye contact with the driver
- Do not assume drivers can see you just because they are stopped
- Do not use your phone while walking
- Avoid wearing ear buds
- Cross at controlled intersections and use crosswalks
- Be predictable
- Walk in a parking lot as you would on the street
- Walk with your body facing oncoming traffic
Driver Safety Tips
- Do not use your phone while driving
- Always stop for any pedestrian
- Be patient - some pedestrians need extra time to cross
- Do not stop your car in a crosswalk
- Do not pass cars stopped at a crosswalk
- Watch for mid-block crosswalks
- Look left, look right, and look left again before crossing an intersection
- Remain stopped behind school buses until the red lights go out
- Follow posted speed limits through neighborhoods
- Drive safely and slowly
- Submit your concern to the American Canyon Traffic Safety Team
- Department of Motor Vehicles Pedestrian Safety Information
- AAA Effective Speed Zoning - Why and How