As a county, San Francisco ranks highest in per capita traffic collision fatalities and per capita severe traffic injuries in California. Excessive speeding is largely to blame for this.
Excessive speed accounts for the largest proportion of fatal and severe injury collisions in San Francisco, claiming ten times more lives than drunk drivers. People walking and biking are at a heightened risk of injury in speed-related crashes as the likelihood of survival decreases the faster a vehicle is traveling.
As part of the city's Vision Zero efforts, we are working to address today's "hurry up" culture and stop excessive speeding. We are re-engineering our streets, educating the public on safe driving behaviors, and focusing our traffic enforcement efforts on the most deadly traffic violations. Automated Speed Enforcement is another tool to address excessive speeding.
Automated Speed Enforcement is a safety technique that has been proven in other cities across the United States and abroad to reduce excessive speeding and severe and fatal injury traffic collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that fixed speed cameras reduce injury crashes by 20 to 25 percent, and mobile speed cameras reduce injury collisions by 21 to 51 percent.
Although 141 communities across the United States have Automated Speed Enforcement programs, this tool is not legal in California currently, and a change to state law is required to use this life-saving technology.