Zero Traffic Fatalities Task Force

Background

Assembly Bill 2363 (Friedman) established the Zero Traffic Fatalities Task Force.  The statutory goal of the Task Force is to develop a structured, coordinated process for early engagement of all parties to develop policies to reduce traffic fatalities to zero. The Task Force will also examine alternatives to the 85th percentile as a method for determining speed limits in California. 

AB 2363

AB 2363 added Chapter 8 to Division 2 of the California Vehicle Code, requiring the Secretary of Transportation to establish and convene the Zero Traffic Fatalities Task Force, on or before, July 1, 2019.

In addition, AB 2363 requires the Secretary of Transportation to prepare and submit a report of findings based on the efforts of this task force by January 1, 2020. The report is to include a detailed analysis of the following topics:

  1. The existing process for establishing speed limits, including a detailed discussion on where speed limits are allowed to deviate from the 85th percentile.
  2. Existing policies on how to reduce speeds on local streets and roads.
  3. A recommendation as to whether an alternative to the use of the 85th percentile as a method for determining speed limits should be considered, and if so, what alternatives should be looked at.
  4. Engineering recommendations on how to increase vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle safety.
  5. Additional steps that can be taken to eliminate vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle fatalities on the road.
  6. Existing reports and analyses on calculating the 85th percentile at the local, state, national, and international levels.
  7. Usage of the 85th percentile in urban and rural settings.
  8. How local bicycle and pedestrian plans affect the 85th percentile.

Who are the participants?

The statute sets forth who the participants should be. Representatives from the California State Transportation Agency, the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Highway Patrol, the Department of Public Health, and other relevant stakeholder and public entities. Please see the Membership List for more detail.

How were the participants chosen?

The participants were chosen to meet the requirements of the statute, and in response to expressed interest from parties that represent the statute’s more general requirements of participation (local governments, advocacy groups, etc.).  The Task Force membership represents a balance of rural and urban; southern, central, and northern California; advocacy groups and engineering and traffic safety specialists.  Because there was much interest in participating in the Task Force, and the number of Task Force members necessarily had to be limited, interested parties who were not chosen for the Task Force were invited to join an Advisory Group that will exchange ideas and information with the Task Force.

When will the Task Force meet?

The Task Force had a kick off meeting on June 25, 2019, in Sacramento. Meetings are scheduled to occur in August, October, and December 2019.

Membership List.

Workshop Material

Workshop #1

Workshop #2

Workshop #3 (October 2019)

Workshop #4 (December 2019)

 

For additional information: Zero.Traffic.Fatalities@calsta.ca.gov