Could the rise of speed limits on L.A. streets be safer for everyone?

posted by Arianna Marie - 

Most Southern California residents can agree on three things, traffic sucks, speeding tickets suck, and the roads can be stressful to navigate.

One LA Times article talks about the safety and conditions of some L.A. roads and states that the rise in speed limits in L.A. has equated to a rise in traffic-related deaths. Some John and Ken listeners disagreed with the facts and statistics listed in the piece and feel that the higher speed limits could be safer for drivers. 

One of those listeners, Jay Beeber, Executive Director of Safer Streets L.A., even called it an advocacy piece with inaccurate information. 

Beeber talks about the "20 is plenty" advocacy catchphrase listed in the article which urges a 20 mph speed limit in all cities. He believes lowering the speed limits on L.A.'s city streets by just 5 mph would waste about 640 80-year lifetimes, every year. 

Beeber talked with John and Ken Monday to "debunk all the nonsense."

A new LA Times article published Tuesday delved further into the idea that speed is what kills everybody on the streets and blamed "outdated laws" for making it "too hard to slow cars down and save lives." 

The article mentions AB 2363, which has officially moved to the senate, that would allow Vision Zero Task Force to ultimately control traffic planning at the state level. The passing of this assembly bill would almost ensure a larger decrease in speed limits on L.A. city streets. 

John Russo of Keep LA Moving,will be on today at 4pm with more on AB 2363. 

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