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    Camarillo, California – After two years of development, analyzing traffic data and engaging community stakeholders, the Camarillo City Council adopted the final Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, and will pursue grant funding for traffic safety improvements under the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).

    The City received State grant funding in the amount of $72,000 to fund the preparation of the LRSP. The LRSP is consistent with California’s Statewide Strategic Highway Safety Plan and the Federal Highway Administration’s Safe Systems Approach, which is a requirement in order to maintain eligibility to apply for the HSIP grant.

    The LRSP is a data-driven, proactive, and holistic planning process that sets the framework for identifying countermeasures to address Camarillo’s roadway safety needs. It was developed with a focus on applying the five E’s of Traffic Safety—Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Emergency Response, and Emerging Technologies—to the traffic safety emphasis areas that were identified as being specific to Camarillo. Those emphasis areas include distracted driving, bicyclists, pedestrians, aggressive driving/speed management, aging drivers, and intersections.

    “The LRSP has been a culmination of two years and countless hours spread among the many stakeholders who generously provided their time addressing Camarillo’s roadway safety needs,” shared City Manager Greg Ramirez. “The ultimate goal of the LRSP was reached—the final plan includes countermeasures that can be applied systemically across multiple locations through the City to proactively reduce fatalities and injury collisions.”

    Through the LRSP outreach process, City staff engaged stakeholders from the five E’s of Traffic Safety and provided ample outreach opportunities for the community as a whole. Beginning in January 2021, the City launched a robust community outreach campaign through multiple platforms to seek a broad range of community input on both the survey and an interactive online map. The interactive map allowed an opportunity to drag and drop a comment to a specific location and describe a concern. The website with the survey and interactive map, was live for a span of six months, during which time the City received over 250 map comments and 75 survey responses.

    The process began with identifying roadway concerns specific to Camarillo. Next, staff, stakeholders and the public identified and recommended safety improvements that could address these concerns, through countermeasures. Those countermeasures became part of the final LRSP, with the next step being implementation.

    The Plan will guide the development of specific improvement projects to be implemented by the Camarillo Public Works Traffic Engineering Division or through a future 5-Year Capital Improvement Program. The LRSP is intended to be a living document, and after five years, the City will evaluate the results and modify the Plan if necessary.

    “We want to express our genuine appreciation to all members of the public and our community stakeholders for the assistance and feedback provided throughout the process,” stated City Manager Greg Ramirez. “Your help in developing this Plan will ultimately make it safer to walk, bike, and drive in Camarillo!”

    More information about the Local Road Safety Plan can be found on the City’s website at: cityofcamarillo.org/lrsp.

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