It's no secret that speed kills. In fact, it is the number #1 killer of school children aged 4-14 in Los Angeles. In 2018, the National Traffic Safety Administration identified speeding as a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities. In 2019, 134 people were killed by drivers while walking in Los Angeles alone.
School zones are particularly vulnerable areas for traffic injuries and fatalities. This is why we got involved in sponsoring SB 735 -- Speed Safety Cameras legislation during the past year, and this is scheduled to be presented next year in 2022. Studies have found that two-thirds of drivers exceed the posted speed limit in a school zone during the 30-minute period before and after school. This has got to change.
As California's children return to school under social distancing and mask requirements, they are being dropped off farther from school and are walking and riding their bikes more than ever.
SAFE is joining with Senator Rubio's office in sponsoring Senate Resolution 60, which will declare the Month of September 2021 as Speed Safety Awareness Month in the State of California. SR 60 will encourage efforts to reduce speeding in California and increase awareness of the major problem of speeding. This resolution is set to be heard on the Senate Floor this week. We will keep you updated on progress.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We are looking for organizations, groups, and individuals to support our efforts. If you are interested in supporting SR 60 -- Speed Safety Awareness Month or want more information, please contact us at .