L.A. Officials Consider Raising Speed Limits on More Than 100 Miles of Streets

Above, cars travel along Zelzah Avenue in the San Fernando Valley an undated photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Above, cars travel along Zelzah Avenue in the San Fernando Valley an undated photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles officials will consider raising speed limits on more than 100 miles of city streets, saying the changes are the only way to resolve a years-long problem that has prevented police officers from ticketing speeding drivers.

If the Los Angeles City Council approves the increases, speed limits would rise on some of the Southland’s most familiar thoroughfares, including San Vicente Boulevard through Mid-Wilshire and stretches of Reseda, Victory and Chandler boulevards in the San Fernando Valley.

The increases, introduced Wednesday, reflect a Catch-22 that city officials have faced for decades on dozens of miles of major streets: Raise the speed limit, or lose the ability to write most speeding tickets.

The dilemma stems from a decades-old California law designed to protect drivers from speed traps, which requires cities to post speed limits that reflect the natural speed of traffic. If a speed limit is too low, or if it is more than 7 years old, the police can’t use radar guns or other electronic devices to write speeding tickets there.

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