April 21, 2021 ITE Meeting

Drone Usage in Traffic Data Collection

Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Zoom Meeting

Cost: FREE!

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Description:

National Data & Surveying Services will give an overview of the process and various collection types where drone usage is appropriate and beneficial. Recent projects that benefited from drone usage will be highlighted, as well as an overview of the pros and cons of using drone technology. The presentation will also share some unexpected use cases of drone technology that were discovered.

News Update: Assembly Bill 43

This news update is provided for informational purposes only. NorCal ITE is not taking a stance on this legislation.

What is AB 43?

AB 43 attempts to address the methods that municipalities are allowed for setting legally enforceable speed limits on streets within their jurisdictions.   

For example, AB 43 seeks to change the California Vehicle Code sections pertaining to the setting of speed limits setting:

  • Requires traffic surveyors to take into account the presence of vulnerable groups, including children, seniors, the unhoused and persons with disabilities when setting speed limits;
  • Permits cities to lower speed limits beyond the 85th percentile on streets with high injuries and fatalities, and ensures they will not have to raise a speed limit on a road if there have been no design changes; and limits the need for updated traffic surveys on certain streets; and
  • Provides for greater flexibility in setting school speed limits.
  • Allows for 25 mph speed limits in downtowns without the need for a speed survey if listed factors are met.

AB 43 also seeks to eliminate the reference to the California Roads Systems (CRS) in the “speed trap” section of the CVC

AB 43 is the result of almost 2 years of discussions by the California Secretary of Transportation’s  “Zero Traffic Fatalities Task Force”. Information about this Task Force may be accessed through the following links:

https://calsta.ca.gov/subject-areas/enforcement-and-safety/zero-traffic-fatalities#:~:text=Assembly%20Bill%202363%20(Friedman)%20established,reduce%20traffic%20fatalities%20to%20zero

https://calsta.ca.gov/-/media/calsta-media/documents/zero-traffic-fatalities-task-force-invited-member-list-a11y.pdf