Dangerous driving behavior, such as speeding, has been on the rise in recent years. Major cities across the country reported a surge in vehicles traveling at excessive speeds, particularly in the early days of the pandemic (when roadways tended to be more open and free of traffic). Now, California lawmakers are attempting to crack down on dangerous driving behaviors with the aim of reducing the number of auto accidents throughout the state. Here’s what you need to know about the proposed bill.
A Closer Look at California Assembly Bill 2336
California Assembly Bill 2336, introduced on February 16, 2022, is also known as the Speed Safety System Pilot Program. This legislation would allow California cities to establish a five-year pilot program that uses speed cameras to identify vehicles and drivers traveling above posted speed limits. Similar legislation was introduced in the past, but many people voiced concerns about the application of camera technology. This new bill tries to address these equity issues by lowering fines and streamlining the appeals processes, ensuring that the program does not unfairly target communities of color.
The Goal of the Speed Safety System Pilot Program
So far, the California cities that intend to participate in this pilot program include Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. All of these cities have struggled with speeding issues in the last few years, and they are hoping that this program will give them a better understanding of the scope of the problem and ways to reduce these risky driving practices. The bill expressly states that drivers will know about the program ahead of time and that the cameras will only capture images of licensed plates, not drivers. The program aims to dissuade drivers from driving recklessly, hopefully reducing the number of auto accident injuries and fatalities in the near future.
Auto Accident Injuries Still Occur in California
Unfortunately, even drivers engaging in safe driving practices can still find themselves suffering an auto accident injury. While these recent efforts to crack down on speeding and other reckless behaviors may prevent some accidents from occurring, you may still find yourself facing a long and costly recovery following an auto accident in Riverside County. Enlist the guidance of a knowledgeable and experienced Temecula auto accident attorney to help you understand your options for pursuing and obtaining the compensation you need to move forward.
Call Hales & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, today at (951) 489-3320 to discuss your case with a trusted Temecula auto accident lawyer.