We need to pass AB 550
Dangerous speeds have no place on our streets
In San Francisco and statewide, speed is the #1 cause of severe and fatal traffic crashes. More than 1,000 Californians have died in speed-related traffic crashes every year for the past five years, and tens of thousands more severely injured. And the threat is growing. The rise of dangerous speeds is attributed for the huge spike in traffic deaths in 2020.
Speed kills, and pedestrians are especially at risk when drivers go dangerous speeds. A person struck by a driver traveling at 30 MPH is twice as likely to be killed as a person struck by a driver going 25 MPH. The risk of death increases dramatically between 20MPH and 40MPH, as illustrated in the graph below. And of people walking, those who are the most at risk of being hurt or killed are children, seniors, people with disabilities, people of color, and low-income people.
AB 550 would allow new tools to slow our streets
On March 16, 2021, Assemblymember David Chiu introduced Assembly Bill 550 (AB 550). Walk SF is an official sponsor of this legislation to pilot the use of speed safety systems in five California cities including San Francisco.
More than 100 cities in the United States have already embraced speed detection technology with great success. Speed safety systems dramatically shift driver behavior and can reduce the number of severe and fatal crashes by as much as 58%. We desperately need more tools to better protect communities and save lives here in California cities, which is why AB 550 is so important right now.
Passing AB 550 means that cities including San Francisco can finally pilot speed safety systems on the busiest streets with the highest crash rates.
AB 550 is a thoughtfully-written bill that builds in a stakeholder process to create equitable program guidelines that protect privacy, ban any facial recognition, and make any citations civil (not criminal), and with fines much lower than traditional speeding or red light tickets. Jurisdictions must also offer diversion options for low-income drivers unable to pay the full fine.
How you can help our campaign succeed
- Send an email to your Assembly member and members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
- Share the #PassAB550 video on social media.
- If you’re part of a neighborhood, community-based, or civic organization that wants to help #PassAB550, submit your official support.
- Were you or someone you know impacted by a speed-related crash? Your story is powerful. Read more about potentially sharing it.
- Our campaign to #PassAB550 is a huge step for Walk SF. This is the first time we’ve ever sponsored state legislation, and it’s a big undertaking for a small organization like us. We need to raise funds quickly to bring on additional staff to build statewide support and boost our presence in Sacramento so we can win! Donate to #PassAB550.
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