Action Alert SB 564 (Cannella): Safer Schools, Increased Safety Improvements in Disadvantaged Communities

Take Action to Increase Safety in School Zones and Provide Safety Improvements Statewide and in Disadvantaged Communities!

Send letters of support to the Assembly Transportation Committee Chair for Senate Bill 564, which would bring a $35 fine for vehicle code violations committed in school zones (giving children the same protections as construction workers) and direct the additional revenue to school zone improvement projects through the state Active Transportation Program.

You can also testify at the hearing on the bill in the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday, June 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol, Room 4202.

One-third of all school students in california walk or bicycle to school, which is more than twice the national average. For most of these children, active transportation to and from school enhances their physical and mental health and academic readiness. Rates of walking and bicycling to school are even higher than average in lower-income communities of color, but unfortunately, risks of fatalities or serious injuries to these students are also higher due to substandard or lack of adequate infrastructure. Safe routes to school infrastructure projects, safety education and encouragement programs as well as enhanced enforcement efforts have a proven track record in california for increasing safety and public health for students and families.

The fine increase proposed by SB 564 provides protections to children walking and bicycling in schools zones that is similar to increased fines in construction zones to protect highway workers; school children deserve the same safety considerations.

Disadvantaged communities and rural communities will benefit from dedicating the increased fine to school zone transportation safety projects and programs through the Active Transportation Program. A minimum of 25% of Active Transportation Funds are required to benefit disadvantaged and low income communities, and 10% is targeted to rural communities. This will ensure that revenue generated through effective enforcement in school zones is invested back into safety improvements around schools statewide.

Last year the Governor vetoed identical legislation out of concern that the fines have a disproportionate impact on low-income communities. Please emphasize the important role this bill can play in improving the safety and health of school children in disadvantaged communities. We will keep you updated on developments.

A sample letter of support IS BELOW.

Also contact the members of the Assembly Transportation Committee here.

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Sample letter for SB 564 in Assembly Transportation Committee

Date

The Honorable Jim Frazier, Chair
Assembly Transportation Committee
P.O. Box 942849
Room 3091
Sacramento, CA 94249-0011

Re: SUPPORT – SB 564 (Cannella): School Zone Fines

Dear Chairman Frazier:

We are writing to support Senate Bill 564, which would bring a $35 fine for vehicle code violations committed in school zones (giving children the same protections as construction workers) and direct the additional revenue to school zone improvement projects through the state Active Transportation Program.

One-third of all school students in california walk or bicycle to school, which is more than twice the national average. For most of these children, active transportation to and from school enhances their physical and mental health and academic readiness. Rates of walking and bicycling to school are even higher than average in lower-income communities of color, but unfortunately, risks of fatalities or serious injuries to these students are also higher due to substandard or lack of adequate infrastructure. Safe routes to school infrastructure projects, safety education and encouragement programs as well as enhanced enforcement efforts have a proven track record in california for increasing safety and public health for students and families.

The fine increase proposed by SB 564 provides protections to children walking and bicycling in schools zones that are similar to increased fines in construction zones to protect highway workers; school children deserve the same safety considerations.

Disadvantaged communities and rural communities will benefit from dedicating the increased fine to school zone transportation safety projects and programs through the Active Transportation Program. A minimum of 25% of Active Transportation Funds are required to benefit disadvantaged and low income communities, and 10% is targeted to rural communities. This will ensure that revenue generated through effective enforcement in school zones is invested back into safety improvements around schools statewide.

We respectfully urge you to support SB 564.

Sincerely,

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