California lawmakers have come to the conclusion that pedestrian deaths aren’t as high as they could be and seem to be bent on creating additional victims. We predict this will be the result of lowering the fine on “rolling” a right turn when the light is red.
Senator Hill from San Mateo introduced senate bill 1132 which would reduce the monetary fine for not coming to a full stop before turning right on a red light. Coming to a full and complete stop is the action that gives the driver of the car the chance to look for oncoming cars and to make certain the crosswalk isn’t occupied by pedestrians. When drivers are in a hurry and we decrease the consequences of their actions bad things happen.
The California Police Chiefs Association is opposed to Hill’s attempt to lower the right-on-red fines and they argue that a lower fine would lead to more accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists and would hurt the state financially in the long run. They note that California law views right-on-red without coming to a full stop as the same violation as running a red light. Statistics provided by the L. A. Times from as recent as 2015 reveal that 23% of all motor vehicle fatalities were pedestrians – well above the national average. This bill is an attempt to ease the financial burden on some drivers and increase the physical pain on many pedestrians including our children. It is short sighted and should be rejected.
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