Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
Earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve a historic update to speed limits in the City - over 153 miles of street speed limits were approved. These new surveys will be the first time Los Angeles has been able to proactively update speed limits on streets where the majority of our fatal and severe crashes have happened. Speed surveys are required by law to enforce speed limits. For LAPD to enforce speed limits on surface streets using radar, those streets must have had a traffic speed survey conducted by LADOT within the past seven years. If the speed survey expires, LAPD cannot enforce the speed limit using radar technology on that street.
LADOT spent the last 18-months conducting speed surveys, starting with corridors on the Vision Zero High Injury Network (HIN). Following the vote, over 99 percent of streets on the HIN and over 65 percent of streets citywide now have an enforceable speed limit. Remaining surface streets with unenforceable speed limits will be updated by December 2018.