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AB-2128 Vehicles: automated traffic enforcement systems. (2011-2012)



SECTION 1.

 Section 21400 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

21400.
 (a) (1) The Department of Transportation shall, after consultation with local agencies and public hearings, adopt rules and regulations prescribing uniform standards and specifications for all official traffic control devices placed pursuant to this code, including, but not limited to, stop signs, yield right-of-way signs, speed restriction signs, railroad warning approach signs, street name signs, lines and markings on the roadway, and stock crossing signs placed pursuant to Section 21364.
(2) The Department of Transportation shall, after notice and public hearing, determine and publicize the specifications for uniform types of warning signs, lights, and devices to be placed upon a highway by a person engaged in performing work that interferes with or endangers the safe movement of traffic upon that highway.
(3) Only those signs, lights, and devices as are provided for in this section shall be placed upon a highway to warn traffic of work that is being performed on the highway.
(4) Control devices or markings installed upon traffic barriers on or after January 1, 1984, shall conform to the uniform standards and specifications required by this section.
(b) The Department of Transportation shall revise the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, as it read on January 1, 2012, to require the Department of Transportation or a local authority to round speed limits to the nearest five miles per hour of the 85th percentile of the free-flowing traffic. However, in cases in which the speed limit needs to be rounded up to the nearest five miles per hour increment of the 85th-percentile speed, the Department of Transportation or a local authority may decide to instead round down the speed limit to the lower five miles per hour increment, but then the Department of Transportation or a local authority shall not reduce the speed limit any further for any reason.
(c) If the Department of Transportation or a local authority decides to round down the speed limit to the lower five miles per hour increment as permitted in subdivision (b), the department or local authority shall use the next higher five miles per hour increment of the 85th-percentile speed to determine the minimum yellow change interval for traffic signals upon that section of roadway.

SEC. 2.

 Section 21453 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

21453.
 (a) A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped  may not proceed straight through the intersection or turn left, except a left turn from a one-way street onto a one-way street,  until an indication to proceed is shown, except as provided in subdivision (b). shown. 
(b) Except when a sign is in place prohibiting a turn, a driver, after stopping as required by subdivision (a), facing a steady circular red signal,  A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and  may turn right, or turn left from a one-way street onto a one-way street.  street, except when a sign is in place prohibiting the turn.  A driver making that the  turn shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to any vehicle that has approached or is approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard to the driver, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that vehicle until the driver can proceed with reasonable safety.
(c) A driver facing a steady red arrow signal shall not enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow and, unless entering the intersection to make a movement permitted by another signal, shall stop at a clearly marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication permitting movement is shown.
(d) Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in Section 21456, a pedestrian facing a steady circular red or red arrow signal shall not enter the roadway.

SEC. 3.

 Section 21455.4 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

21455.4.
 A local governmental agency that operates an automatic traffic enforcement system pursuant to Section 21455.5 shall extend the time on the yellow light interval by one second beyond the minimum yellow light change intervals for posted speeds or prima facie speeds as designated pursuant to the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), or its successor.

SEC. 4.

 Section 21455.7 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

21455.7.
 (a) At an intersection at which there is an automated enforcement system in operation, the minimum yellow light change interval shall be established in accordance with the  at one second beyond the yellow light change intervals as designated pursuant to the  California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Devices (MUTCD), or its successor. 
(b) For purposes of subdivision (a), the  The  minimum yellow light change intervals relating to designated approach speeds provided in the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices are mandatory minimum yellow light intervals. established pursuant to subdivision (a) are mandatory minimum yellow light change intervals. Any citation issued by a law enforcement agency shall be dismissed if the local governmental agency or local authority has not established the yellow light change intervals in compliance with the requirements of this section. 
(c) A yellow light change interval may exceed the minimum interval established pursuant to subdivision (a).