Speed Limit Reduction Proposed for Roseville Roads

Roseville City Council Proposes Lowering Speed Limits

Speeding is one of the leading causes of traffic deaths in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 11,000 people were killed in 2020 due to speeding-related accidents.

Fatal Accidents in Roseville

In Roseville, California, speeding-related accident deaths are a big issue. Some deadly traffic accidents that occurred in the city recently include the following:
  • On October 11, 2021, one person was killed in a single-car accident on Rocky Ridge Drive when the driver struck a tree.
  • On April 8, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a solo vehicle crash at the intersection of Oak Ridge Drive and Sunrise Avenue.
  • On July 15, 2022, a head-on collision on Walerga Road killed a 68-year-old man and injured another.
  • On November 16, 2022, a two-car crash killed a child and seriously injured the mother on the Riverside Avenue on-ramp near Interstate 80.
  • On December 13, 2022, an Uber driver struck and killed a pedestrian near Twin Oaks Avenue.
Due to the severity of these tragic accidents, the Roseville city council is proposing an ordinance to reduce the speed limit on certain roads in the city.

The Proposed Speed Limits

Assembly Bill 43 went into effect this year, allowing local municipalities more freedom to set speed limits. Speed limits can be reduced if road conditions are unclear to motorists, such as a driveway along the road, a history of car accidents, a lot of foot or bicycle activity, etc.

The proposed speed reductions in Roseville are along the following roads:
  • From 35 mph to 30 mph on Bob Doyle Drive
  • From 35 mph to 30 mph on North Cirby Way
  • From 45 mph to 40 mph on Old Auburn Road
  • From 40 mph to 35 mph on Rocky Ridge Drive
  • From 45 mph to 40 mph on Taylor Road

Earlier this week, Roseville City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance revising radar enforceable speed limits. If the law passes after the second reading, the new speed limits would take effect 30 days from the decision, and drivers could see the new signage as early as mid-March.

Dangers of Speeding 

It is illegal and unsafe to speed. Driving over the speed limit can be hazardous and endangers not only the driver’s life but passengers and everyone on the road. Speeding also affects your safety even when driving at the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as at night with poor visibility, during bad weather, or on a road under construction.

Not only does excessive speeding increase the severity of injury and death rates, but it can also:

  • Cause extreme property damage
  • Reduce the amount of time the driver has to react to avoid a collision
  • Increase vehicle stopping distance
  • Reduce the ability of road safety structures like median dividers, guardrails, and concrete barriers to protect occupants

Dealing with Aggressive Drivers

Speeding is a type of aggressive driving behavior. Due to how common it is, you will likely encounter an angry driver on the road sooner or later. When you do, handling the situation without making it worse or exposing yourself to danger is essential. Take the following actions to minimize or avoid conflict with an aggressive driver:
  • Give speeders plenty of space. They may lose control of their vehicles more easily.
  • If you are in the left lane and someone is tailgating, move over and let them pass.
  • If a speeding driver is trying to engage you in risky driving, safely steer your car out of the way.
  • Call the police if you believe a motorist is harassing or following you.

The YouTube video from KARE 11 News below provides a scientific breakdown of why speeding is so dangerous.

Roseville Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a personal injury attorney in Roseville. Injuries from a severe auto accident can be traumatic and life-changing. If you were hurt in a collision due to someone else’s negligence, our experienced injury lawyers could help you seek maximum compensation for your damages. Call our law firm at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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