California Stop: What’s the Big Deal?

When it comes to a California Stop there are two kinds of people - those who admit to an occasional California Stop and those who don’t. Notice the categories are not those who do and those who don’t. Not to offend the rare perfect driver - we are all guilty of a California Stop from time to time.

In case you don’t know, a California Stop is a rolling stop. It’s that “almost” stop that we sometimes do. At Sun City Shadow Hills, we take a California Stop seriously as evidenced by the $200 fine.

Speeding is also frowned upon. Drive over 35 mph on Sun City Blvd or 25 mph in the neighborhoods and expect a $200 fine.

Why are the fines so HIGH?

To get our attention. A fine of say $25 or $50 might make a person grumble but it’s not likely to change their behavior. Whereas a $200 fine hurts and when something hurts, it gets our attention.

And it works. A quick look at the Security Report shows a dramatic drop in FTS, failure to stop and speeding from 2015 to 2016. 2017 is tracking a bit less than 2016.

No doubt the elevated fines have resulted in fewer California Stops and less speeding in our community. The end result - we are all safer.

If you would like to look at the FTS and speeding stats, they are in the Residents Only section under Documents/Security Reports. A current list of the fines associated with various violations are listed under Residents Only/Association Documents/Fine Policy

By the Information Advisory Committee