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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  AB 707
          Author:   Ting (D)
          Amended:  5/1/13 in Assembly
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE TRANSPORTATION & HOUSING COMMITTEE  :  10-0, 6/25/13
          AYES:  DeSaulnier, Gaines, Beall, Galgiani, Hueso, Lara, Liu,  
            Pavley, Roth, Wyland
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Cannella

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  69-0, 5/24/13 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    Vehicles

           SOURCE  :     California Alliance for Retired Americans
                      California Walks


           DIGEST  :    This bill deletes conditions that must be met before  
          a local agency may post SENIOR pedestrian warning signs.

           ANALYSIS  :    

          Existing law:

          1.Establishes a prima facie speed limit of 25 miles per hour  
            when passing a senior center or facility that is next to a  
            street other than a state highway and where standard "SENIOR"  
            pedestrian warning signs are posted.
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          2.Provides that a local agency is not required to post a  
            standard "SENIOR" pedestrian warning sign until:

             A.   The local agency has received private donations  
               sufficient to cover the cost of posting the sign; and

             B.   The local agency makes a determination that there is  
               need for the sign.

          1.Authorizes a local agency to utilize any other funds available  
            to pay for posting standard "SENIOR" pedestrian warning signs  
            if it chooses to post a "SENIOR" pedestrian warning sign.  

          2.Establishes a Pedestrian Safety Account in the State  
            Transportation Fund to fund grants to be awarded by the state  
            Department of Transportation for pedestrian safety projects.

          This bill:

          1.Authorizes a local agency to post a standard "SENIOR"  
            pedestrian warning sign when it makes a determination that  
            there is need for the sign, but does not require that private  
            donations pay for the cost of posting the sign.

          2.Authorizes a local agency to request Pedestrian Safety Account  
            grant funding, or any other grant funding for which it is  
            eligible, to pay for the sign.

          3.Authorizes a local agency to use grant funding, or any other  
            funds available including private donations, to post standard  
            "SENIOR" pedestrian warning signs.

           Comments
           
          The author notes that existing law, which does not require a  
          local agency to post "SENIOR" pedestrian warning signs until  
          private sources can cover the costs, has made it difficult for  
          senior facilities to obtain these signs.  The sponsor states  
          that "senior slow zones" are not widely used because of  
          questions about how local governments might fund the required  
          signage.  This bill simplifies the process of obtaining the  
          signs and helps protect seniors by making drivers aware of areas  
          that may have large numbers of senior pedestrians.

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           Senior pedestrian safety  .  The California Office of Traffic  
          Safety indicates that pedestrian fatalities for individuals age  
          65 years and older increased 14.6% from 2008 to 2009, and 4.6%  
          from 2009 to 2010.  The National Highway Traffic Safety  
          Administration states that individuals 65 years and older  
          accounted for 19% of all pedestrian fatalities and 8% of  
          pedestrian injuries in 2009.  In 2009, the fatality rate for  
          senior pedestrians was 1.96 per 100,000 population - higher than  
          the rate for all other age groups.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  8/12/13)

          California Alliance for Retired Americans (co-source) 
          California Walks (co-source) 
          California State Retirees

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  69-0, 5/24/13
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Allen, Ammiano, Atkins, Bloom,  
            Blumenfield, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bradford, Brown, Buchanan,  
            Ian Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chesbro, Conway, Cooley,  
            Dahle, Daly, Dickinson, Eggman, Fong, Fox, Frazier, Beth  
            Gaines, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez, Gordon, Gorell, Gray, Hagman,  
            Hall, Roger Hernández, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Linder,  
            Logue, Lowenthal, Maienschein, Mansoor, Medina, Melendez,  
            Mitchell, Morrell, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Nestande,  
            Olsen, Pan, Patterson, Perea, V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk,  
            Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Salas, Stone, Ting, Wagner, Weber,  
            Wieckowski, Williams, Yamada, John A. Pérez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Bigelow, Bonta, Donnelly, Grove, Harkey,  
            Holden, Skinner, Waldron, Wilk, Vacancy, Vacancy


          JA:nl  8/12/13   Senate Floor Analyses 

                           SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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