Since the safer-at-home order was issued in Mar. because of the coronavirus pandemic, fewer motorists have been seen out on the road. One alarming thing that has not changed, however, is speed, which has not decreased, according to a staff report to the city’s Transportation Advisory Commission.

In order to determine the actual impacts on traffic patterns, the department reportedly initiated a study to monitor traffic volumes, speeds, and collisions. Per that study, traffic dropped by about 55% at the beginning of the lockdown and has steadily increased every month since the order was lifted. By June, the decrease was down to 25%, and it now remains at a 10% reduction.

Though nearly one million Californians will suddenly lose their unemployment benefits on the day after Christmas, meaning unemployment is still rampant, traffic volumes were only 10% higher compared to the same time last year before the pandemic. The California Policy Lab reportedly estimated 750,000 Californians will lose benefits without a new relief package. However, that number could easily top one million due to the latest shutdown.

Once the order began, average traffic speed increased by 2 mph and motorists traveling 10 mph above the posted speed limit increased by approximately 60%, compared to the same period in 2019. Drivers began to slow down after the city implemented traffic calming measures at the end of Apr. Now, motorists traveling 10 mph above the posted speed limit is about the same as in 2019. 

According to the report, traffic collisions have remained in line with the changes in traffic volume, which decreased by 65% compared to the same period in 2019, and increasing as the order was relaxed. Collisions are still about 25% below 2019 numbers. Once the safer-at-home order was implemented, pedestrian and bicycle collisions decreased by about 90% compared to 2019, and still remain below 2019 numbers. Moreover, DUI collisions have decreased by about 10% compared to last year. 

In Pasadena, there were three fatal and 16 severe injury collisions in 2019, and two fatal and nine severe injury collisions in 2020 over the seven-month period. Out of 200 cities, Allstate ranked Pasadena as the 187th safest city to drive in the U.S.’ most populous cities.

For the study, the Department of Transportation obtained traffic data from the Streetlight software platform and the city’s collision database. As part of the study, traffic volume and speed data were monitored at 12 street segments representing arterials and major collectors. In the report, the Department said it would “continue to monitor trends in traffic volumes, speeds and collisions to make informed decisions on outreach, engineering and operations enhancements to the multimodal network.”

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.