Speed camera bill clears its latest hurdle – what’s next
Yesterday in Sacramento, I got to witness firsthand the vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to move forward AB 645. The final vote was 10 to 1 yes.
We have incredible momentum with Assembly Bill 645, which would allow lifesaving speed safety cameras to be piloted in six California cities. No similar bill has ever made it this far through the California Legislature.
I’m so proud of the small group of members of Walk SF and Families for Safe Streets for standing up with me, plus the others who called in to voice their support.
Senate Judiciary Committee members also got an official support letter we submitted with signatures of hundreds of people like you who share our urgency for solutions to #SlowOurStreets.
AB 645 will now go to the Senate Appropriations Committee, which we think will be very soon after August 14 – the day that legislators get back from a month-long recess that starts later this week. This would be the final Committee vote before AB 645 (hopefully) makes it to the full Senate. All bills must make it out of the Senate by September 14.
What’s next? First, we’re working with our partners in Southern California on a media strategy to get the attention of Senators while they are in their home districts. We’ve already gotten started with this segment on CBS News Bay Area.
We’re also looking at who we need to target with emails and phone calls, so stay tuned and we work to get AB 645 all the way to the Governor’s desk!
If you support our work to win solutions to #SlowOurStreets, make a gift today. As a small nonprofit, your gift makes a BIG difference!
Photo (from left to right): Julie Nicholson, crash survivor and member of Families for Safe Streets; Susan George, a medical doctor who has treated far too many patients after traffic crashes; Becca Motola-Barnes with Walk San Francisco; Darlene Smith, lost her sister to a speeding driver in Southern California; Assemblymember Laura Friedman (author of AB 645); Marc Vukcevich; Carol Porter, Walk SF member representing her senior living community; Damian Kevitt with Streets are for Everyone; and David Sforza, Transportation Committee staff for the California Assembly).