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- Some people are worried about a new Los Angeles city plan to increase speed limits on some streets.
- The LA City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make the changes.
- One stretch of Shoup Avenue between Roscoe and Ventura Boulevard has a posted limit of 35 mph.
You'll soon be able to hit the gas pedal harder on some Los Angeles streets. And that has some neighbors worried that the city is about to get more dangerous for drivers and pedestrians.
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Over 100 miles of LA streets are getting new speed limits, most of them increases, but law enforcement says that the changes will make me easier for them to enforce the law.
The LA City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make the changes. One stretch of Shoup Avenue between Roscoe and Ventura Boulevard has a posted limit of 35 mph.
In about a month the new speed limit will be 40. In order for cops to run radar state law requires streets to have valid speed surveys, which set speed limits. Around 70 percent of LA streets did not have valid surveys. The city's Department of Transportation beefed up staffing to complete all the surveys by the end of this year.
Neighborhood Council representative Sheppard Kaufman is concerned.
"In some cases you have speeds that are being raised where there are school crossings and things like that," said Sheppard Kaufman. "We need to kind of work on both the infrastructure element and the law element to just try to control the speeds but allow people to get where they are going."
The LA DOT says they are on target to meet their goal of completing all of the street surveys. They say residents near the most recent speed limit changes will see new signs in about two months.
If you are out driving don't be surprised to see more cops running radar. If you want to see if your street is on the list here.