AB 645 Speed Safety System Pilot Program

At the April 20, 2023 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Senior Advisor, Tony Dang presented on AB 645 and requested a motion of support for the bill. An excerpt of the presentation is below, followed by the full presentation.

A motion for the BPAC to draft and submit a letter of support for California State Assembly Bill 645 was made (Gardner), seconded (Ralston), and approved unanimously by roll call vote with the following Commissioners voting in favor: Campbell, Frank, Gardner, Lok, Ralston, Schader, and Yee.

Assembly Bill 645

  • Pilot program for Speed Cameras in 6 cities for 5 years
    • Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Glendale, and Long Beach
    • Likely up to 18 systems in Oakland
  • Cameras can be placed in the following places:
    • High Injury Corridors
    • School Zones
    • Streets with high incidents of speed racing and motor vehicle exhibitions of speed

Strong privacy protections

  • Operated by a local DOT; Records must be kept confidential.
  • Must delete photos/ video within 5 business days if there is no violation.
  • Requires photos/ video to be destroyed after 60 days after final adjudication, 120 days for administrative records. Permits cities to destroy them sooner.
  • Prohibits the use of facial recognition software.

Strong equity protections

  • Non-moving violations without photos of drivers’ faces
  • Must offer a diversion program, ticket fee reductions between 50% to 80%, and payment plan options for low-income populations
  • Must work with stakeholders to develop a Speed Safety System Use Policy, which includes location selection
  • Flexibility & Warnings: 1-10 mph doesn’t get a ticket; camera locations must have signs posted; 60-day warning period
  • Must conduct racial and economic equity impact analysis as part of pilot program evaluation


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