School Zone on 197
Police routinely set up shop to watch the school zone, even when there are no children around to observe caution for; the signs say “15 MPH When Children Are Present,” but the reality is “15MPH When Police Are Present”. Drivers are simply afraid of going the speed limit through this area when there aren’t any kids, but the caution lights are flashing.
This morning Richmond was out in force – three vehicles. 1 marked patrol car, 1 unmarked black Chevy Yukon with side-mounted search light, and 1 completely inconspicuous white Ford Explorer with no exterior mounts at all. All three vehicles were spaced evenly along the school zone with lights flashing to alert traffic to the children (which were present).