LOS ANGELES – Brace yourself, California, because it’s time to hit the brakes!
Starting in 2024, six cities in California will have speed cameras in their neighborhoods, following the signing of AB-645 into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The installation of speed cameras will commence as a trial in several cities in California, including Los Angeles, Glendale, Long Beach, San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland in the upcoming year. These cameras will be responsible for issuing tickets to drivers who exceed the speed limit by at least 11 mph.
To reduce speeding and traffic fatalities, the cameras will give priority to areas around schools, high-injury intersections, and known street racing corridors.
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If a driver exceeds the speed limit by 11 mph, they can face an increased ticket price ranging from $50 to $100, $200, or even $500, depending on the severity of the speeding offense. It is worth noting that in most instances, a driver’s initial violation will result in a warning, as stated by officials.
Officials have stated that if the pilot program proves to be successful, they may consider expanding the use of speed cameras to other areas in California, in addition to the six cities currently included under this law.
Traffic deaths are on the rise both in the state and beyond, prompting the introduction of the speed camera law. According to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, traffic-related fatalities are now the leading cause of death among individuals under the age of 30.
In October, Malibu officials urged Newsom to incorporate their city into his speed camera pilot program following the tragic PCH crash that claimed the lives of four Pepperdine students. The incident occurred on a notorious section of the highway known as “Dead Man’s Curve,” where the driver lost control of their vehicle due to excessive speed.
“We need to change our approach,” stated Captain Jennifer Seetoo of the LA Sheriff’s Department. “When people spot a patrol car, they tend to drive more cautiously and follow the rules of the road. It’s time to implement a different strategy.”
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