Jul 29, 2016
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The latest routine survey of roadway speeds in San Pablo has revealed a couple of stretches that would be deemed “speed traps,” as their speed limits are currently not high enough, according to the city.

The city conducts surveys of roadway speeds every 5 to 10 years as required by the California vehicle code.

Of 32 two-way roads surveyed in San Pablo, the speed limits on all but two stretches were found to be appropriate.

The problem stretches include Giant Road from Brookside Drive to Road 20, and also Road 20 from San Pablo Avenue to El Portal Drive (with exception of the school zone near Helms Middle). While current speed limits on those roadways are 25 mph, the survey showed they should be 30 mph.

Under the California vehicle code, these stretches of roadway can be deemed “speed traps” if the maximum speed limits are not increased, according to city documents.

The survey results appear on the San Pablo City Council agenda for Tuesday, although the council likely won’t make a final decision on increasing speed limits until a September council meeting.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.