New Speed Limits Will Improve Safety on L.A. Streets

71 L.A streets have new speed limits, the result of recently-updated speed surveys by LADOT. The new speed limits will be coupled with increased LAPD enforcement efforts across the City as part of the Vision Zero initiative to decrease traffic fatalities. In order to set and enforce speed limits on local streets, the State of California requires a “speed survey” —  measuring the average speed of the majority of drivers when the street is uncrowded, road collision history, roadside conditions, residential and business density, and pedestrian and bicyclist safety to best determine an appropriate speed for the street  — every 5-10 years.  Because many of L.A.’s surveys expired during the recession, LADOT prioritized the updates as a component of its Vision Zero plan.

As a result of the updated surveys, over 98.4% percent of streets on the Vision Zero High Injury Network and 68% percent of streets citywide now have an enforceable speed limit. All City streets are expected to have updated speed limits by the end of the year.  Please click here for a detailed map of the newly updated speed limits.