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California To Mandate Speed Limited Cars

Northbound traffic on the 15 freeway. Speed limiters potentially can prevent the buildup of traffic from accidents on the road.

The state of California has proposed plans that will require all vehicles to be able to go only ten miles per hour over the set limit. If the bill passes, vehicles produced from 2027 and after will be monitored via GPS and have their speed restricted.

California plans on doing this using “speed governors” – these governors will electronically control the speed of the car, limiting vehicles to ten miles per hour over the limit. Emergency vehicles such as fire engines, patrol cars, and ambulances will be exempt from the bill and will not be speed-governed.

SB 960 and 961 are the first of their kind in the United States. These bills were implemented as a part of the California SAFER program, otherwise known as the Speeding and Fatality Reduction on California Streets Package. While these systems could help create safer roads, the question remains if it is necessary considering that California Highway Patrol is already responsible for enforcing these rules.

While the California Highway Patrol, CHP, already enforces posted speed limits, there are scenarios where one may need to exceed the speed limit, this limiter would not allow one to go more than ten miles per hour over the limit.

The average speed limit of California highways is 70 miles per hour. The limiter would allow a maximum of 80 miles per hour on this road.

“While cars having a built-in speed limit in California could have its advantages in regards to safety, it would not be suitable for emergencies. For example, there are sometimes emergencies that require immediate attention, resulting in driving faster to reach a hospital or emergency room.” Junior William Schoch said.

The ability to temporarily disable the limiter does exist, but in a scenario where someone is rushing a person to the emergency room, the limiter would constantly interfere and slow the car down. While the limiter is designed to create safer roads, it can do just the opposite.

“I think it could be very unsafe because if I am in a fifteen-mile per-hour zone and a car is about to hit me, I would need to speed up to get out of the way to protect myself and everything that is in the car.” Junior Brendan Quesada said.

In scenarios such as this, there is no time to access the option to disable the limiter, as this is a split-second decision of accelerating to get out of the way. If one were to first go looking for the option to disable the limiter, it would result in an accident, putting the occupants at risk.

An Engine Control Module is seen here. The ECM is responsible for constantly making changes to how the engine runs so it runs at peak performance. The ECM can also be used to limit the speed of the vehicle.

The question remains: should the government be able to control our property? Vehicles that are not leased are the owner’s personal property and will be required to have the program in the Engine Control Module, otherwise known as the ECM. The cars will constantly be GPS monitored for this to work. Additionally, it would not be a surprise to see the government phase out older vehicles if this law goes through.

“It would take the thrill and enjoyment of driving cars away as it would just get boring and repetitive.” Junior Dakota Vavken-Hylton said.

Many vehicles, including classic cars, will most likely experience tighter restrictions. With the time people put into these vehicles, it would be a shame to see them off of the road.

“The actions of the people that speed and break the law should not affect the rest of the people who obey the laws.” Quesada says.

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Daksh Bagga, Staff Writer
Daksh Bagga, a junior at Santa Rosa Academy and member of the football team, had never thought about journalism before getting enrolled in the class. Hoping to graduate from San Diego State University with a bachelors in mechanical engineering, Daksh would like to work for Lockheed Martin, focusing on global security and aerospace. Daksh’s interest in journalism stems from his interest in sports and learning about what’s happening in the world. Daksh has a passion for learning new things and writing. This has stuck with him and helped him grow throughout his life.
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    BradMar 3, 2024 at 11:19 pm

    Stupidity these law makers are absolutely destroying this state enough is enough vote these corrupt **** out

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    SandyMar 3, 2024 at 11:31 am

    This is something that should be brought to the people. Not a decision made by others!!!

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    Kenneth WallenMar 3, 2024 at 10:27 am

    Well,here we go one more instance of the nanny state ordering us grown adults to behave ourselves the way the tell us,because they know better than you or me,and they are going to save all our lives by ending high speed collisions! They just never learn,though. You watch,this will only result in more accidents,and more road rage. Thank you,democrat voters! You can all take partial credit,because you vote these idiots into office. All they do is sit in the Capitol all day thinking of ways to take more of our money and how they can control us.

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    RomanMar 2, 2024 at 3:23 pm

    The Government wants you take everyone’s rights and charge us to do it especially the Democrats. I’ve been a Democrat all my life till now I feel they just they are just trying to line there pockets with society.

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    JasonMar 2, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    I don’t want the government tracking me. Cell phones are bad enough. Further, it would seem to me to be dangerous to not allow people full control over their vehicles. It will not prevent accidents, but likely cause them.

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    Bruce CunhaMar 2, 2024 at 8:48 am

    Does the bill also require a reduction of the number of highway patrol officers on the force? If we have less speeding, wouldn’t it mean we have less need of officers looking for speeders?

    I would bet that the majority of what CHP officers do (not the only thing) is catch speeders.