The Overhead Wire Daily | January 25th, 2024 | Limiting Speed

January 25, 2024

CA State Senator Scott Wiener will introduce two traffic safety bills to reduce traffic deaths. He detailed them both in a thread on Twitter. The first would require auto manufacturers to add a speed limiter to vehicles that only allows ten miles above a speed limit. The second would require Caltrans to upgrade safety features on roads when doing capital work.

I don’t recommend going to Twitter to see the replies, but I will say it was an amazing show of (mostly) men tweeting about the ability to break the speed limit as if it were a god given right. For that reason, the bill which I believe is necessary to stem the traffic safety epidemic, will be hard to pass. People will be very angry and let legislators know. But Senator Wiener has picked up hard issues before and got them through. Just look at his record on housing.


If you’re in the Bay Area we’re hosting a happy hour with Urban Environmentalists Bay Area, Streets for People, and Seamless Bay Area at Elixir on Thursday February 1st at 6pm. It’s easy access to BART at 16th/Mission and I hope folks can join us!


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