Michael Pin, M.D.: Please slow down

By Signal Contributor

Last update: Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

I must admit that prior to July 4, 2017, I have frequently exceeded speed limits in Santa Clarita. No more!

One of our town’s innocents, Collin Gore, was killed in this tragic holiday crash. This might be, in part, attributable to the speed limit on McBean Parkway being 50 mph.

Granted, the non-innocent party in this terrible accident clearly did not observe speed limits. I posit that most residents of Santa Clarita consider speed limits to be suggestions rather than mandates, thinking, “ 50 is the speed limit, so I can probably get away with 60.”

Yes, most of us do “get away with it” – that is, until we don’t.

What most people do not appreciate is that the destructive force of their vehicle increases by the square of its speed. The deadly force carried by a vehicle at 60 mph is 2.25 times that of one going 40.

The other common under-appreciated concept is that of relative velocity, a factor so salient in today’s most heart-rending occurrence. If vehicle A is going north on McBean at 50 mph and vehicle B is going south at 50, the resultant collision would be the same as a collision at 100 mph.

Very few vehicles, if any, will allow survival with this much deceleration.

Do we really need speed limits of 45 or 50 mph in our city? Does not the increased speed waste more gas and cause more air pollution ?

Is not the price of one young life too dear an amount to pay just so the rest of us can cram more stuff into our days? Collin’s days ended at age 18.

Please call 255-4395 today and urge our City Council members to help prevent the deaths of more of our children by decreasing posted speed limits.

Michael Pin, M.D.
Santa Clarita

 

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Michael Pin, M.D.: Please slow down

A sheriff's deputy examines a vehicle involved in deadly crash in Valencia on July 4, 2017. Austin Dave/The Signal

I must admit that prior to July 4, 2017, I have frequently exceeded speed limits in Santa Clarita. No more!

One of our town’s innocents, Collin Gore, was killed in this tragic holiday crash. This might be, in part, attributable to the speed limit on McBean Parkway being 50 mph.

Granted, the non-innocent party in this terrible accident clearly did not observe speed limits. I posit that most residents of Santa Clarita consider speed limits to be suggestions rather than mandates, thinking, “ 50 is the speed limit, so I can probably get away with 60.”

Yes, most of us do “get away with it” – that is, until we don’t.

What most people do not appreciate is that the destructive force of their vehicle increases by the square of its speed. The deadly force carried by a vehicle at 60 mph is 2.25 times that of one going 40.

The other common under-appreciated concept is that of relative velocity, a factor so salient in today’s most heart-rending occurrence. If vehicle A is going north on McBean at 50 mph and vehicle B is going south at 50, the resultant collision would be the same as a collision at 100 mph.

Very few vehicles, if any, will allow survival with this much deceleration.

Do we really need speed limits of 45 or 50 mph in our city? Does not the increased speed waste more gas and cause more air pollution ?

Is not the price of one young life too dear an amount to pay just so the rest of us can cram more stuff into our days? Collin’s days ended at age 18.

Please call 255-4395 today and urge our City Council members to help prevent the deaths of more of our children by decreasing posted speed limits.

Michael Pin, M.D.
Santa Clarita

 

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  • lois eisenberg

    “Michael Pin, M.D.: Please slow down” AMEN ***
    Thank you Dr. Pin for your article on making people aware in Santa Clarita of the horrific out come of speeding **
    This subject has been brought up numerous times about the speeding in Santa Anita ,
    but it doesn’t seem to matter to the inconsiderate selfies speeders **
    No matter what the sped limit is they continually abuse it **

  • Ron Bischof

    As tragic as the consequences of this accident were, appeals to emotion regarding a specific incidence aren’t a substitute for a traffic engineering study.

    http://www.dot.ca.gov/trafficops/camutcd/traffic-manual.html

  • Brian Richards

    I think the traffic lights every 100 feet on McBean do more to reduce the speed than an arbitrary speed limit.

  • lois eisenberg

    ” And please don’t do this while driving.” I WON’T ****

  • Ron Bischof

    “State law requires local agencies to establish speed limits based on traffic engineering surveys. The City of Santa Clarita conducts speed surveys Citywide once every five years. These surveys include an analysis of roadway conditions, accident records, and a sampling of the prevailing speed of traffic. The prevailing speed is determined by measuring existing speeds of motorists during free-flow (typically off-peak) within the respective zone. A safe and reasonable speed limit is set at or below the speed at which 85 percent of drivers are moving.

    Speed limits set above the prevailing speed are generally considered unreasonable and unsafe. Conversely, speed limits set below the prevailing speed do not provide for the orderly movements of traffic. Lowering the speed limit more than what is considered appropriate is counterproductive, since the Sheriff’s Department will be unable to efficiently enforce speeds. Traffic flowing at a uniform speed results in increased safety and fewer accidents. Drivers are less impatient, pass less often, and tailgate less, which reduces both head-on and rear-end collisions.”

    http://www.santa-clarita.com/city-hall/departments/public-works/traffic-transportation-planning/faq

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