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Officials hope to make Los Angeles safer and slower

Los Angeles is always mentioned among U.S. cities that struggle with traffic congestion. It is probably what most Americans think of first when they think of our city. City transportation officials and the LAPD have over the past two years been surveying streets on which car accidents, injuries and fatalities occur most frequently. The goal is to update speed limits on Los Angeles streets and make those limits enforceable.

Officials hope that the steps will make it easier for the police to stop people from speeding and thereby make Los Angeles safer.

A recent news article stated that 47 percent of our streets have speed limits based on outdated surveys, making the limits unenforceable. Why is it important that speed surveys are updated? Under California law, speed surveys must be performed every 7 or 10 years to establish (or re-establish) speed limits and make them enforceable.

So new surveys are being performed on major streets with high accident rates. The surveys consist of measuring how fast vehicles are moving on those streets.

As recently as 2015, law enforcement officials have been able to enforce speed limits on just 19 percent of streets with posted limits. The rest of L.A.'s streets had expired surveys.

The Daily News points out two recent speed-related accidents in Van Nuys on Vanowen Street and Sepulveda Boulevard. In one crash, there was an injury and in the other, a fatality.

Let's hope that speed surveys can help police deter drivers from speeding and make our streets safer.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash caused by a speeding driver, you can fight for maximum compensation for all damages with the help of an attorney experienced in personal injury litigation.

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