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AB-756 Prima facie speed limits: Golden Gate Park.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/22/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 22, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 756


Introduced by Assembly Member Ting

February 15, 2017


An act to add Section 22352.5 to the Vehicle Code, relating to speed limits.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 756, as amended, Ting. Prima facie speed limits: Golden Gate Park.
Existing law establishes prima facie speed limits, including 15 miles per hour and 25 miles per hour, for various circumstances relating to traversing a railway grade crossing, approaching or passing a school building, and passing a senior center, among others. A violation of the Vehicle Code is a crime.
This bill would establish a prima facie speed limit of 15 miles per hour when driving on a street or road, with specified exclusions, within Golden Gate Park in the City of San Francisco, as prescribed. Because the bill would create a new crime, it would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for Golden Gate Park in the City of San Francisco.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 22352.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

22352.5.
 Notwithstanding any other law, the prima facie speed limit when driving on a street or road within Golden Gate Park in the City of San Francisco, excluding Crossover Drive and Drive, Park Presidio Bypass Boulevard, and Kezar Drive, shall be 15 miles per hour, in order to maintain pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The prima facie speed limit shall be effective when appropriate signs giving notice of that speed limit are erected along the street or road.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique circumstances in Golden Gate Park in the City of San Francisco with respect to traffic safety.

SEC. 3.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.