PROP. 51 BEST ROAD FOR TO KEEP THE STREETS SAFE.
PROPOSITION 51 - ``The safe roads measure'' - sets spending priorities, using just 30 percent of the existing car sales tax we already pay, to make traffic safety improvements.
What Proposition 51 will do is fix our most dangerous roads, replace unsafe school buses, and ease our most congested traffic bottlenecks.
--Fixing our most dangerous roads: Highway fatalities, including pedestrian fatalities, are increasing in California. Proposition 51 targets the most dangerous intersections and roads for specific safety improvements.
--Replacing unsafe school buses: California has the oldest school bus fleet in the nation. More than 1,000 school buses used every day don't meet 1977 federal safety standards. Thousands of additional school buses spew out diesel exhaust, filling the bus with fumes that cause asthma and other health problems. These buses need to be replaced with clean, modern, safe buses. Proposition 51 will provide the funds for new buses.
Proposition 51 also will create Safe Routes to Schools programs, improving the safety of bike and walk paths, and providing funds to enforce speed limits near schools.
--Relieving congestion bottlenecks: Traffic congestion will be relieved not only by providing highway expansion at the worst bottlenecks, but also by providing greatly expanded bus and light-rail service to get people out of their cars and off the roads.
Hundreds of specific new transportation projects will be built and operated if Proposition 51 is approved by the voters. Some examples include: the Exposition Boulevard light-rail line; a connection between the El Monte bus way and the Harbor Freeway; dramatic traffic congestion relief along the Ventura Freeway, including bus rapid transit, traffic-light synchronization, and safety improvements; new rapid bus service for those taking flights from Los Angeles International Airport; greatly expanded Bus Rapid Transit service in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere in Los Angeles County; greatly expanded transit facilities in Long Beach; extension of light rail east of Pasadena; a car-pool lane over the Sepulveda Pass on the San Diego Freeway; building a soundwall along the 210; building road undercrossings along rail lines to eliminate safety hazards and reduce train-whistle noise; widen Route 71 between the 10 and the 60; widen the 101-405 interchange; and eliminate safety hazards along I-5 in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Proposition 51 also provides funds to reduce the air- and water-pollution impacts of cars and trucks.
Proposition 51 is supported by hundreds of public interest groups such as Partners for Highway Safety, California Safe Kids Network, California Nurses Association, California School Nurses, California Lung Association, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, California Trucking Association, National Audubon Society, California Organization of Police and Sheriffs, more than 30 police chiefs, and more than 40 school districts.
To ensure strict accountability, Proposition 51 contains taxpayer safeguards that require annual audits by an independent citizens commission. Administrative overhead is limited to 2 percent of the funds spent.
It is clear that we must do more to reduce traffic congestion, improve highway safety, and make school transportation much safer.
By using 30 percent of the existing sales tax on cars now, we can avoid future tax increases.
It makes sense to use the existing sales tax on cars to pay for these transportation programs.
Thank you for voting yes on Proposition 51 - the safe-roads measure.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Oct 30, 2002|
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