Here’s what we know about San Jose’s future speeding cameras

A new law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom calls for installing speeding cameras on high-accident avenues, areas with rampant street racing, and school zones.

A view of Santa Clara St. looking East from the 8th floor of San Jose's City Hall.

San Jose’s E. Santa Clara St.

Photo by Gregg Aronica

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.

District 9 Councilmember Pam Foley, who is leading the Vision Zero Task Force, told NBC Bay Area that these cameras would work in conjunction with law enforcement.

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.

A map of the various high-incident roads in San Jose where speeding cameras could be installed, including Monterey Rd., Capitol Expwy., Stevens Creek Blvd., and Almaden Expwy. Almaden Expwy. and Capitol Expwy. are marked in dark blue, while the rest are marked in brown. Each of the city council districts are marked in various colors.

San Jose’s Vision Zero Priority Safety Corridors

Map courtesy of the City of San Jose

San Francisco, Oakland, and some areas of Southern California are also a part of the 5-year speed safety pilot program.