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AB-1056 Speed laws: residence districts.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 (a) Much of Imperial County is rural in nature.
(b) Residences are set back further from county roadways, limiting options for speed limits.
(c) Speed limits are often exceeded, creating safety concerns for pedestrians and bicyclists.
(d) More than 1,000,000 people reside across the border in Mexico, the southern neighbor of Imperial County.
(e) International trade and shipping accounting for billions of dollars per year pass through the Calexico East Port of Entry that is located in the unincorporated area of Imperial County.
(f) Rural communities in Imperial County are in the direct path of thousands of trucks each year transporting goods.
(g) Speed limit laws for urban and other parts of the state are not suitable for the unique characteristics of Imperial County.

SEC. 2.

 Section 22353.6 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

22353.6.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 515 or any other law, for purposes of this chapter, the County of Imperial may implement a demonstration project to include within the definition of a “residence district” any portion of a highway and the property contiguous to the highway, other than a business district, that meets both of the following criteria:
(1) At least 13 separate dwelling houses or business structures are located upon both sides of the property contiguous to that portion of the highway, collectively, within a distance of one-quarter of a mile.
(2) The property is located in an unincorporated portion of the county within 35 air miles of a border with a foreign jurisdiction.
(b) The residence district speed limit shall be effective when appropriate signs giving notice of the applicable speed limit are erected along the street or road.
SEC. 3.
 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 with respect to speed limit requirements in the southern portion of the County of Imperial.