AB 321: California existing law that helps local communities reduce speed limits

In 2008, California Assembly Bill (AB) 321 went into effect.  This state law allows local jurisdictions to extend school zones to 1000 feet and reduce speed limits to 15 mph on residential streets where speed limits are already 30 mph or less.  This law is voluntary.  The first key step is identifying and collaborating with schools in your community that meet the criteria, and then working with the city or county to have them pass a resolution in support of the action.  After the jurisdiction agrees, they can post the signs.

At 15 mph, most pedestrians will survive a crash, often sustaining only minor injuries. Yet minor increases in impact speed have a profound effect on crash severity. Reducing traffic speeds will enable more children to walk or bike to school safely.   To let us know that your city has or is working on such a resolution, please contact Paula Perotte at paulaperottepta@cox.net.   For more information, please visit the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s page on California legislation.

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