SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — California assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco has introduced a bill which would make automatic speed-enforcement cameras and ticketing legal in the state.

If passed, Assembly Bill 342 would let San Francisco and San Jose install traffic cameras to capture images of any vehicle traveling 10 mph over the posted speed limit, with the car’s owner automatically being mailed a citation of up to $100. After a five-year trial run, the law would allow similar systems to be installed across California.

Fellow San Francisco lawmakers, state senator Scott Wiener and assemblyman Phil Ting also support the bill, which has drawn opposition from the mayor of San Jose and the Peace Officers Research Association of California, among others.

On Sunday, Assemblyman Chiu appeared on KPIX 5 Morning News to discuss and defend his proposed law with Phil Matier.



Comments (4)
  1. I believe California would be far better off with cameras covering our Assemblymen, state Senators, Governor, other elected officials, and department heads 24/7/365. We certainly wouldn’t want another Leland Yee, now would we?

  2. James Walker says:

    Speed cameras produce profits above their own high costs ONLY when used in areas where the posted limits are arbitrarily and less-safely set at least 10 mph lower than the safest 85th percentile speed of free flowing traffic under good conditions. They are government-run for-profit rackets that no one should ever support for any reason.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association