PRESS RELEASE: One Pedestrian Killed, and Four Others Seriously Injured in Crashes within the Last Two Weeks
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel
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Press Release: One Pedestrian Killed, and Four Others Seriously Injured in Crashes within the Last Two Weeks
SAN DIEGO (May 20, 2021) – In the last two weeks one pedestrian was killed and four others were seriously injured in crashes on the roadways in the City of San Diego. Two of these crashes occurred in the very same sidewalk, only two days apart.
Circulate released its report, “Hope for Vision Zero” this month, showing modest improvements to street safety in the City of San Diego since committing to Vision Zero in 2015. However, traffic injuries and fatalities remain unacceptably high.Read more
Circulate San Diego submitted a letter of support for AB 43, which will save lives by giving cities greater flexibility to set lower speed limits based on safety. Current law requires speed limits to be set in relation to the 85th percentile rule - that is, at a speed such that 85 percent of drivers travel slower than the speed limit. This requirement does not adequately take safety into account.
AB 43 enhances safety by requiring traffic engineers to take into account the presence of vulnerable groups, including children, seniors, the unhoused, and people with disabilities when setting speed limits. It also permits cities to lower speed limits below the 85th percentile on streets with high injuries and fatalities. It further provides greater flexibility in setting school speed limits to protect children.
Circulate San Diego is particularly familiar with the dangers of high speed drivers. Each year, Circulate gathers data on the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries on San Diego streets as part of our Vision Zero efforts. In 2020, 56 people were killed and 127 were seriously injured on San Diego surface streets. That amount of death and serious injury is unacceptable. AB 43 gives cities the ability to set speed limits that reflect the value of human life. Read the full letter here [pdf]
Circulate San Diego submitted a letter of support for AB 550, which would give the cities of Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and one additional southern California city the option of piloting speed safety systems on sensitive or dangerous local streets.
Every year, hundreds of Californians die in speed-related crashes. Speeding is a major contributor to fatalities and serious injuries in crashes—if a driver traveling at 20 miles per hour hits a pedestrian, there is a 90 percent chance that pedestrian will survive. At 40 mph, the chance of survival drops to 20 percent. Nationwide, 112,580 people were killed in speeding-related incidents from 2005 to 2014.
Speed safety systems are an effective tool for reducing speeding, crashes, injuries and fatalities, but California law currently prohibits their use. Speed safety systems are automated systems that use cameras and radar to detect and identify speeding vehicles. These automated systems reduce the potential for racial bias in traffic enforcement. In addition, AB 550 includes clear guardrails to protect people’s privacy, including a ban on facial recognition technology. Citations under any pilot program will be civil in nature—not criminal—and will not result in a point on a driver’s record. The intent of the systems is to reduce speeding and increase safety, not to punish.
Speed safety systems can be a significant step in reducing traffic fatalities, protecting pedestrians and bicyclists, and shifting transportation mode share towards climate-friendly modes. Read the full letter here [pdf].