An attempt to create a pilot project that would place speed cameras on the streets of San Francisco and San Jose to test their effectiveness on traffic safety is on hold after encountering opposition -- mostly from law enforcement groups.
Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, withdrew the bill from consideration earlier this week prior to a scheduled vote in the Assembly Transportation Committee.
AB 342 would have allowed the use of the enforcement devices on streets in San Jose and San Francisco with a documented history of speeding and traffic collisions.
The aim of the five-year pilot program: to see whether automated speed enforcement would help reduce the number of fatal collisions in the two cities, which each have recorded a total of more than 100 traffic fatalities over the past five years.
"What we know from the more than 140 jurisdictions across the country that have used automated speed enforcement is that when it's done right, it can be absolutely effective in reducing vehicle speeds and traffic collisions -- and in some cases it can do so dramatically," Ed Reiskin, head of San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency, told the Assembly panel during its Monday hearing.