AB 2336 & Safe Oakland Streets

At the April 21, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Advisor, Nicole Ferrara presented on AB 2336 and requested a motion of support for the bill.

Every week, two Oaklanders are killed or fatally injured by traffic violence. These crashes disproportionally impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, seniors, children, and people with disabilities.

The Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) Initiative aims to prevent severe and fatal traffic crashes, eliminate injury inequities, and carefully assess and mitigate any equity impacts resulting from safety measures. SOS found that, in addition to engineering, automated speed enforcement is highly effective at preventing traffic deaths, while also advancing Reimagining Public Safety Task Force goals of moving most traffic enforcement from the Oakland Police Department to the Department of Transportation.

Assembly Bill 2336 (Friedman): Speed Safety System Pilot Program is a proposed state law that would allow Oakland and 5 other cities to administer these speed safety systems as a pilot program. Oakland would be permitted a total 18 safety systems administered by the Department of Transportation. Equity provisions include small fines ($50 for 11-15 mph over the speed limit, v. hundreds for traditional speeding tickets), removing interactions between police and the community at traffic stops that have the potential to escalate, a 50-80% fine reduction if unable to pay, opportunities for community service in lieu of fines, and extensive community involvement in drafting a Use Policy & Equity Analysis that includes locations selected.

The goal of the bill is to make our streets safer; if speeding is not decreased by at least 25% after 18 months, additional traffic calming measures are required, and if there is any revenue generated it must be spent on traffic calming.


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