#schoolsafety | Speed safety cameras would make school zones safer

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State Sen. Susan Rubio: My bill, SB 735, authorizes local jurisdictions to utilize safety cameras to enforce speed limits in school zones.

By Susan Rubio, Special to CalMatters

State Sen. Susan Rubio, a Democrat from Baldwin Park, represents the 22nd Senate District, senator.rubio@senate.ca.gov.

In the fall of 2019, in five separate incidents, Alameda residents saw five school children hit by vehicles in the course of a few months. The children were all walking in close proximity to their schools. In 2020, Oakland city data exposed a growing trend in traffic related fatalities, with 33 people being killed compared to 27 the previous year.

The peril to children walking to school is part of a dangerous national trend that is impacting every community. In my own district last year, Roberto Heredia, 56, was fatally struck by a SUV as he walked in El Monte. In April 2020, another pedestrian died in Alhambra while crossing the street. A third pedestrian, reportedly homeless, was killed in Baldwin Park in November 2020.



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