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The City of Redmond does not install stop signs for the purpose of controlling traffic speed. Stop signs are used at locations where a failure to assign right-of-way could result in an accident, for example at an intersection where sight distance and accident history is a problem. National traffic engineering guidelines outlined in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) states that Stop signs are intended for use where traffic is required to stop. Because Stop signs cause substantial inconvenience to drivers, they should be used only where warranted. The consequences of placing a Stop sign in an unwarranted location may exceed the benefit. When placed in an inappropriate location they can:
A Stop sign that is missing, damaged, or obstructed in some way from a driver’s view creates the potential for an extremely hazardous traffic condition and should be reported to the City right away. To report, contact Redmond Police Dispatch at 425-556-2500.
Use the City’s new request management system to report non-emergency issues, make requests, and find answers to common questions.
To get a street name sign on your street call 425-556-2752 or send an email.
A "Children at Play" sign is usually requested in the hope that it will reduce vehicular speeds and raise awareness for drivers that there are children in the neighborhood. Traffic studies have shown that "Children at Play" signs do not increase driver awareness to the point of reducing pedestrian collisions. In fact, placement of these signs can increase the potential for accidents because the signs convey to children and parents a message of protection which does not exist and cannot be guaranteed.
For this reason, the City of Redmond follows national traffic engineering guidelines outlined in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and does not recognize the sign as an official traffic control device and therefore, discourages its use.
Please note that "Children at Play" signs installed by residents on public streets will be removed by the City of Redmond.