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Posted on: August 18, 2017

City Council Took Action to Lower Speed Limits on 11 Streets

The Laguna Niguel City Council took action to lower speed limits on 11 roadways by introducing an ordinance that will be finalized on September 5 and effective on October 5. The following streets are: 

1. Aliso Creek Rd (Moulton to La Paz): 45 mph to 40 mph
2. Aliso Creek Rd (La Paz to Alicia): 50 mph to 45 mph
3. Avila Rd (Moulton to La Paz): 40 mph to 35 mph
4. Bear Brand Rd (Camino del Avion to Gate): 35 mph to 30
5. Camino Capistrano (North City Limit to Paseo de Colinas): 40 mph to 35 mph
6. Camino del Avion (East City Limit to Golden Lantern): 45 mph to 40 mph
7. Camino del Avion (Golden Lantern to Bear Brand): 45 mph to 40 mph
8. Chapparosa Park Rd (Golden Lantern to End): 35 mph to 30 mph
9. La Paz Rd (North City Limit to Avila): 45 mph to 40 mph
10. Ocean Way (Pacific Island Drive to Cannes): 30 mph to 25 mph
11. Old Ranch Rd (Golden Lantern to Gate): 35 mph to 30 mph

Background: 
In June 2017, the City contracted with a consultant to conduct engineering and traffic surveys to update the speed limits on 46 street segments throughout the City. The survey results indicated that there were no changes in speed limits for 35 of the 46 street segments, however, indicated the need to reduce speeds for the street segments listed above.

California speed limit law is one of the few laws where motorists decide what is appropriate and reasonable. The law is based on a "reasonable driver" premise, which concludes that most motorists (85% percentile) drive in a reasonable and prudent manner. The premise also concludes that there are a small percentage of motorists (15%) who do not drive reasonably and these motorists need to be controlled by enforcement. 

To read the full staff report related to this matter, visit the the August 15 agenda, Item 1 under Public Works.

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