Improvements in Santa Clarita over the last year include a drop in driving-related deaths, City Manager Ken Pulskamp said this week.
The City Council’s Tuesday session closed with an update on the city’s Big Picture Community Strategic Plan, compiled in response to a 2004 citywide survey.
In 2004, there were 10 traffic-related fatalities, Pulskamp said, with five of the victims under the age of 21. This year, he said, there have been two traffic fatalities, and neither party was under 21.
Pulskamp listed the city’s red light cameras, DUI checkpoints and an increase in citations by sheriff’s deputies as factors in the reduced fatalities.
“It has been a wonderfully successful year,” he said. “I applaud the council.”
The Big Picture was compiled using responses from a citywide survey to discern the wants and needs of the community and provide city officials with a clear vision for implementation.
The plan was adopted on Aug. 24, 2004.
Pulskamp’s update covered the areas of traffic, air quality, cultural arts, growth, open space and parks, youth activities, Newhall redevelopment, public safety and economic development.
Based on the success of the red light enforcement cameras installed at five intersections in August 2004, the city is installing cameras at five additional intersections.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has issued 5,800 citations as a result of traffic violations captured on camera, and every one has been upheld when challenged.
According to Tuesday’s update, red-light-related collisions have been reduced by 80 percent.
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