Pump the breaks... speeding cameras are coming to San Jose.
Governor Gavin Newsom just signed legislation that would install cameras on certain Bay Area roads — primarily in school zones + areas with high accident rates and street racing. Now, we’re getting some clarity on what that might look like.
The number of cameras will be based on the overall population of the city — and with nearly 980,000 residents — 33 cameras could be installed as early as January 2024.
Before you slow to 65 in the fast lane on 101, the bill stipulates that none of the cameras can be installed on any highway or interstate.
Based on data from the City of San Jose’s Vision Zero Task Force, the cameras will most likely be installed in east San Jose, with particular emphasis along Capitol Expressway + Tully, Story, and Monterey roads.
Fines for speeding range from $50 to $500, and NBC Bay Area indicates there will be an “initial grace period” before enforcement. Yes, you will be able to appeal a violation and no, facial recognition technology will not be used.
Major streets like Stevens Creek Boulevard, Almaden Expressway, and Camden + Meridian avenues may also be considered. The city is required to announce when and where they’re going to be installed, but we’ll probably have to wait until early next year.
San Francisco, Oakland, and some areas of Southern California are also a part of the 5-year speed safety pilot program.