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Keeping Streets Safe is a High Priority in American Canyon

The Public Works Department designs, constructs and maintains City streets in a safe condition while the Police Department enforces traffic laws. The City has a Traffic Safety Team who meet regularly to evaluate concerns about traffic safety. Many of the concerns reviewed in these meetings originate from community members. The information on this page and the form below were designed to provide helpful information to our community and  provide a portal to express concerns directly to the Traffic Safety Team for review.

If your concern involves an immediate threat to life or safety please dial 911.

Submit a Traffic Concern to the Traffic Safety Team

 

Traffic Safety Education,

Engineering, and Enforcement

Education
Safety education programs are an important component of a comprehensive traffic calming program. Safety education programs include efforts to make the public more aware of their own driving behavior and the impact it has on others. Pedestrian and bicycle safety programs alert and educate pedestrians and bicyclists on road safety. Driver safety information and education on existing laws can help improve driver behavior. Some of the varieties of safety education programs which can be implemented in association with the American Canyon Police Department are:

 

• School Safety Education Program
• Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Workshops

Engineering
The California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 2014 Revision 3 is developed and maintained by the Federal Highway Administration with modifications made by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and 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, 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 MUTCD also insures compliance with all requirements of the California Vehicle Code (CVC) related to the installation and operation of traffic control devices.  Examples of standards set by the MUTCD in compliance with the CVC include the establishment and posting of speed limits, the placement of STOP signs, the standards for striping of roadways and pathways/trails, and the requirements for determining the ability to install these devices. 

Enforcement
The City has two officers assigned to traffic enforcement. They are on motorcycles, weather permitting. One works Monday through Thursday, the other Tuesday through Friday. They work 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM. The motor officers work these times because those days are when the traffic is the heaviest, with school and work traffic. Most mornings and afternoons the motor officers focus on the areas around the schools. The rest of the day they focus where a need has been identified, either by their own observations, complaints or accident history. The two Police Technicians also help out with traffic flow at the schools.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Be safe and be seen. Use your eyes, it saves lives
  • Look left, look right, look left again before crossing
  • Make eye contact with the driver
  • Don’t assume all drivers see you just because one has stopped
  • Don’t look at your phone
  • Don’t wear ear buds
  • Cross at controlled intersections and use crosswalks
  • Be predictable
  • Walk in a parking lot as you would on the street
  • Face oncoming traffic

 Driver Safety Tips

  • Some pedestrians need extra time to cross 
  • Do not stop in a crosswalk
  • Do not pass cars stopped at a crosswalk
  • Always stop for any pedestrian
  • Watch for mid-block crosswalks
  • Look left, look right, look left again before crossing an intersection
  • School bus - remain stopped until the red lights go out
  • Be safe and be seen. Use your eyes, it saves lives

Department of Motor Vehicles Pedestrian Safety Information

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