A new bill is being considered in California that would require all vehicles made or sold in the state to have speed limiter technology. The technology would prevent drivers from exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph. The bill, introduced by Senator Scott Wiener, aims to reduce the number of speed-related traffic crashes in California, which currently account for a third of all traffic crashes in the state. The bill includes exemptions for emergency vehicles, and the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol would have the authority to disable the system on other vehicles based on certain criteria.
Data released by the Los Angeles Police Department showed that there were more traffic deaths than homicides in Los Angeles in 2023, highlighting the need for measures to address the issue of speeding. In addition to this bill, several new traffic-related laws went into effect in California on January 1, 2024, including the installation of speed cameras in some cities. These initiatives aim to improve road safety and reduce the number of traffic fatalities in the state.