Culver City steps up (err, slows down?) big time for safety around our schools
This week, Culver City took a big step to make our school zones safer by implementing new speed limit regulations around our schools. CA AB321 is a state law that allows cities to expand school zones to 1,000 feet and reduce speeds within 500 feet to 15 mph.
Why this is important
At 20 mph, pedestrian survival rate in car crashes is 90%. At 30 mph, it's 50% and at 40 mph it's only 10%. So, by reducing speeds near a school from 35 mph to 25 mph and from 25 to 15, the risk of a fatality in a car crash decreases significantly.
What to look for
There are three new signs being installed: 25 mph signs alert drivers they are entering a school zone and should slow down, 15 mph signs mark the 500 foot proximity to the school and the last sign lets you know you are leaving the school zone and the prevailing speed limit applies.
What you can do
We feel the best way to prevent car-pedestrian colisions is to not drive in the school zone in the first place. 25 mph signs are placed at roughly 3 blocks from the school, so when you see this sign, we recommend you park close to that point and walk to school whenever possible. Carpooling and transit are also ways to reduce the number of cars coming to and from our schools.
--- Jim Shanman, Culver City Safe Routes to School Coordinator