Caltrans supports speeding, pedestrian deaths, mayhem
- Published Tuesday, August 23, 2005, by KRON TV Channel 4
Caltrans Opposes Double Fine Zone Renewal
If you see signs up on California highways proclaiming "Double Fine
Zones", they don't mean anything. That's because the law creating the
special zones expired at the first of the year. Now a bill to
reimpose the additional penalties faces some surprising last-minute
opposition on the Governor's desk.
Lawmakers in both the Assembly and the Senate approved the measure
doubling speeding fines on the Golden Gate Bridge, 19th Avenue in San
Francisco, Vasco Road in Contra Costa County, and two locations in
Monterey Counties. The counties involved all suported the change.
Golden Gate Bridge officials say the accident rate on the span dropped
by 50% when the double fines were in place. Eleven people have died
and 500 were hurt on 19th Avenue since 2000. A dozen people have died
on Vasco road in the last two years.
Although Caltrans doesn't have jurisdiction over the Golden Gate
Bridge and Vasco Road, state officials have recently come out against
the bill. They fear a precedent which could lead to higher fines
elsewhere in the state. Since most of the double fine legislation
came from Democrats, some worry the Governor will use the Caltrans
opposition to veto the measures. For now the Governor's office says
it's studying the legislation and had made no decision.