Vehicle & Traffic Safety

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Bicycle Safety

Bicycle Safety    

Bicycling is a popular means of exercise and an even more popular way of getting around town. With more and more bicycles on the road, it is important for both bicyclists and motorists to practice defensive driving.

It is estimated that 57 million Americans ride bikes ranging from high performance models to "dirt bikes." The national bicycle accident toll is 900 deaths and over 70,000 disabling injuries each year. Motorists accidentally kill more children every year than all illnesses combined. The biggest reason for these accidents is children are unprepared and unskilled to ride safely. National Safety Council statistics show that the accident death rate for bicyclists is highest for those ages 5-14.

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Child Safety Seats

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Children riding in a motor vehicle must be secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint until they are at least 8 years old or 4-foot-9-inches tall. All children under 16 must ride properly buckled. 

Common Guidelines That Help Keep Children Safe on the Road

  • The best place for a child is in the back seat
  • Babies should ride rear-facing and reclined until 1 year old and at least 30 pounds
  • Toddlers should ride forward-facing and upright with a harness until 40 pounds
  • Children over 40 pounds or who have outgrown the harness system should use a lap-and-shoulder-positioning booster seat 

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Distracted Driving

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Illegal Car Equipment

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Illegal Equipment Most Often Cited by Police Officers:

  • Loud car stereo (illegal if heard more than 50 feet from the vehicle)
  • Lack of front and rear DMV-issued plates
  • Lowered frame or any other part that is lower than the lowest point of the wheel rim
  • Air and hydraulic suspension systems that are operated unsafely
  • Tinting the front side windows and the windshield (except for a narrow band at the top of windshield); windows behind the driver's head may be tinted
  • Lack of white rear license plate light that must illuminate the license plate
  • Missing front and/or rear bumpers
  • Illegal engine modifications
  • Blue and yellow headlights (headlights must be white-blue; yellow headlights are illegal)
  • Headlights brighter or higher wattage than those from the factory
  • Tail lights other than red

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Impound Yard

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30-Day Vehicle Impound Program

In 1995, the State Legislature enacted the Safe Streets Act. Vehicle Code section 14602.6 was added to allow police officers to impound a vehicle being operated by any person driving without ever having been issued a license, or anyone driving with a suspended/revoked driver's license.

Based on Department of Motor Vehicle data, it is apparent that the growing number of persons operating vehicles illegally is a significant factor in the number of injury and fatal traffic collisions that occur annually in California. 

  • 4,000 persons are killed in traffic collisions in California annually, and another 330,000 persons suffer injury.
  • Of all drivers involved in injury and fatal traffic collisions, more than 20% are not licensed to drive.
  • A driver with a suspended license is four times as likely to be involved in a fatal accident as a properly licensed driver.
  • DMV estimates that of the 20 million drivers licenses issued in California, 720,000 are suspended/revoked, and 1 million people are driving without ever having been issued a license. 

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Vehicle Auction

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Public Auction of Unclaimed Impounded Vehicles

Vehicles of unlicensed, suspended or revoked drivers are impounded for at least 30 days.  Any unclaimed vehicles are subsequently sold at auction to recover costs associated with the impound (per California Government Code sections 3071 & 3072).

 

Claremont Police Department has replaced its on-site auction method with an internet auction platform powered by PublicSurplus®. To view current and past auction items, please visit the link below.

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Provisional License

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Provisional Driver's License Law for Minors

Getting your driver's license is an exciting accomplishment but it comes with a lot of responsibilities, which is one of the reasons why there are so many steps involved before you are granted one by the State of California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Below is a summary of DMV requirements and restrictions.

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Stopping for School Buses

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When to Stop for School Buses

  • If there is a school bus ahead of you and the amber lights on the school bus are flashing, slow down and be prepared to stop.
  • The amber lights on a school bus are located in the front and rear of the school bus at the very top next to the red lights.
  • The colors of the flashing lights are like traffic signals: amber represents slow down and be prepared to stop, while the red lights mean stop.
  • Flashing red lights mean that children either are or will be exiting the bus.
  • The law requires all motorists to stop when red lights are flashing on a stopped school bus.
  • Vehicles should not pass the school bus until the flashing red light signal and stop signal arm cease operation.
  • Unless there is a concrete island separating opposing traffic, motorists should also stop when traveling in the opposite direction.

More information on the California Vehicle Code (School Bus: Meeting and Passing CVC22454) is available at the Official California Legislative Information website.

Traffic Laws

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The Police Department regularly receives inquiries about traffic laws. Clarification on the most-asked-about laws, and resources for information about new traffic laws can be found in the link provided.

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