Safer school zone bill sweeps up support, passes first hurdle

Father and son bikingSB 1151 passed the Senate Transportation Committee by a 10-0 vote last week. This critically important bill will make school zones statewide safer by increasing penalties for unsafe driving near schools, and use the additional fines to increase funding for Safe Routes to School projects through the Active Transportation Program. Continuing a dedicated source of revenue for SRTS projects is particularly key, as the set-aside for SRTS was only guaranteed for the first three years of the Active Transportation Program and all of that funding will be awarded this year.

Though SB 1151 garnered unanimous support from the Transportation Committee and over a dozen organizations, it has an uphill battle ahead. Next up is the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 5 – send your letter of support to Appropriations Chair Kevin de León today!

Use our template letter of support and email your letter back to jeanie@saferoutespartnership.org – we’ll make sure it gets to the committee staff.

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