Mar 17, 2022
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed into law recommendations from the Department of Transportation to reduce speed limits on approximately 177 miles of city streets. The mayor’s signature comes after the City Council approved such a measure, and will include a reduction of five miles per hour in the designated areas. The reduction in speed limits throughout Los Angeles is possible through recent legislation known as California Assembly Bill 43 (AB 43).
AB 43 was introduced by Glendale Assemblywoman Laura Friedman.
“No parent should worry about their child going to school. No older adult should feel unsafe when they walk around her neighborhood. These are no accidents, it’s just that simple, and we know that the odds of dying of a traffic collision is higher at a greater speed. In fact, it goes up exponentially,” Garcetti said at a press conference earlier this month.
The ordinance was unanimously adopted on February 22 by the City Council, amending the Los Angeles Municipal Code to change the speed limits on the proposed streets.
Now that it has been signed by the mayor, the law will take effect a month after its publication, according to a report from NBC 4 Los Angeles.
Prior to AB 43 taking effect, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) was required to increase speeds on 200 miles of the city’s streets.
According to the LADOT, the chance of a pedestrian surviving a vehicle collision dramatically decreases depending on speed.
“As humans, we’re not designed to survive an encounter with a moving vehicle going faster than 40 miles an hour,” said LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds.
“The day that we had to take that action of increasing speed limits on 200 miles of streets was an extremely dark day for those of us at the Department of Transportation and advocates everywhere who spend all of our time, energy and talent and treasure trying to change those statistics, trying to save those lives.'”
The LADOT has indicated it hopes that by reducing speeds, the severity of injuries will be reduced and reaction time in the event of a motor vehicle collision will be increased, thus improving safety.
Some of the Los Angeles-area streets impacted by the speed reduction ordinance include:
For the full list of streets impacted by the Los Angeles speed reduction ordinance, please click here.
Earlier this week, local KTLA was reporting on a deadly hit-and-run accident in South Los Angeles – near Hoover and 84th streets – when to sedans slammed into each other. The Los Angeles car accident was captured on video.
Moreover, the Los Angeles Times has previously reported that residents of L.A.’s underserved communities are disproportionately killed in traffic crashes.
As of December 25, 2021, LAPD data indicated that the “greatest risk intersections” throughout the city included:
Furthermore, Colin Sweeney, a Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesperson, told the Los Angeles Times that 2021 traffic crash statistics point to “speeding and reckless driving, coupled with design trends that make cars deadlier than ever before, with heavier frames and the addition of distracting features.”
“We’ve seen these dramatic increases,” LAPD Chief Michael Moore stated at a police commission meeting last month. Moore specifically referenced the pedestrian accident death of Arian Rahbar, a 21-year-old USC student who was scar by a street racing vehicle near the school’s campus late last year.
The Los Angeles Times noted that Moore urged the public to “obey speed laws,” citing the rising number of motor vehicle collisions.
Los Angeles is not alone in experiencing an increase in traffic deaths during 2021. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently confirmed an 18% spike in traffic fatalities nationwide during the first six months of 2021.
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