Dear Jon – Join us every Tuesday and Thursday on Central Coast News at 5 and 6pm. As schools are back in session Rosie asks, “Dear Jon, what does it really mean ‘when children are present’ on that road sign?” In California a posted speed limit around school zones typically says “when children are present.”
Let me start with California’s basic speed law, which states that you cannot travel faster then conditions warrant. When you get into a fender bender you're usually cited for traveling too fast for conditions because you ran into the car in front of you! If you’re traveling 45 in a 55 mph zone and it's completely foggy out, you could be cited for traveling too fast for conditions if an officer believes your speed is unsafe.