Perhaps you have noticed that the lack of traffic on the streets has caused some drivers to think the rules are on hiatus, too? A new statewide initiative encourages drivers to “slow the fast down” and understand the dangers of speeding.
The Culver City Police Department supports efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety to address an emerging traffic safety issue: speeding.
“We are seeing changes in driving behavior and the increasing number of people traveling at excessive and extremely dangerous speeds is alarming,” said Acting Chief Cid. “Slowing down and practicing safer driving habits are simple ways drivers can reduce the danger to themselves and others on our roads.”
In California excessive speeding went way up during the beginning of the stay-at-home orders issued in March. Between March 19 and April 30, CHP officers issued 4,000 citations for speeding over 100 miles per hour, more than double (113% increase) from last year, despite a steep decline in traffic volume.
“The road is not a racetrack,” Acting Chief Cid said. “The freeway is not the Autobahn. Follow a safe, legal speed.”
Speeding remains one of the leading causes of traffic collisions. In federal fiscal year 2017-18, speed was a factor in approximately 31% of all fatal and injury crashes in California.
Anecdotal evidence of late night drag races in Culver City have been posted on social media; Speed limits remain in force twenty-four hours a day.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.