Golden Gate Bridge to become
Safety Awareness Zone
By Jeremy Lipps, Bay City News Service
December 31, 2006
The Golden Gate Bridge will hopefully be a little safer after
Monday, when a new Senate bill goes effect that guarantees the
consideration of public input regarding bridge safety decisions.
Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, sponsored the bill, which
will not only raise awareness on the Golden Gate Bridge but also
on other dangerous roads that Migden believes only locals can
provide critical insight into, Migden's office reported.
The Golden Gate Bridge will automatically become a Safety Awareness
Zone under the new law, which will also provide local California
governments the opportunity to declare other dangerous roadways
the same, said Hallye Jordan, a spokeswoman for Migden.
Safety Awareness Zones will include enhanced traffic fines and
could include more signs to warn drivers of the greater dangers
of such roads, Jordan said.
"We all know crossing the Golden Gate Bridge can be like
racing through pea soup with oncoming traffic ready to hit you,''
Migden said in a statement. "We have a lot of dangerous driving
spots in California and this measure is going to result in better
safety and saved lives in the places that need it most.''
Gov. Schwarzenegger signed senate Bill 988 into law Sept. 29.
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