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The City of Malibu is pleased to announce that Senate Bill 1297 (SB 1297), which authorizes the use of speed camera systems in designated areas of Malibu, has successfully passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee June 17. This pivotal legislation aims to enhance road safety and reduce speeding-related incidents in the community.

SB 1297, introduced by Senator Ben Allen, whose 24th District includes Malibu, received support from several Committee members, community and safety advocates, and law enforcement officials. The bill will now advance to the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee for further consideration.

"We are thrilled that SB 1297 has taken this significant step forward," said Mayor Steve Uhring. "The implementation of speed camera systems is a crucial measure to protect our residents, pedestrians, and visitors from the dangers of speeding. This technology will serve as a deterrent, encourage responsible driving, and ultimately save lives."

Senator Allen expressed his gratitude for the Committee's support, stating, "Passing SB 1297 out of the Assembly Transportation Committee is a major victory for public safety in Malibu. Speed cameras have proven effective in reducing speeding and saving lives in other communities, and I am confident they will do the same here.

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (whose 42nd District includes Malibu), co-author of SB 1297, joined Senator Allen at Monday’s hearing, also commented, "This legislation represents a critical step towards making our roads safer. I am proud to support SB 1297 and look forward to its continued progress through the Assembly."

The proposed speed camera systems will be strategically placed in five high-risk areas along Malibu’s 21-mile stretch, where speeding poses a serious threat to public safety. Data gathered from other communities and countries that have implemented similar measures show an average of 41% reduction in fatal or incapacitating injury crashes.

Bridget Thompson, a classmate of the Pepperdine students who were tragically killed on PCH back in October of 2023, testified in Sacramento in support of the bill. She shared, "This legislation is a necessary step towards ensuring that no other family or community has to endure the pain we have experienced. Speed cameras will make our roads safer for everyone."

Michel Shane, father of Emily Shane who was killed in 2010 on PCH, also testified, saying, "The passage of SB 1297 out of committee is a beacon of hope for those of us who have lost loved ones to reckless driving. It is a crucial step towards preventing future tragedies on our roads."

"We thank the Assembly Transportation Committee for their support and recognition of the importance of this bill," added Mayor Uhring. "We look forward to continuing our efforts to make Malibu a safer place for everyone."

For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.


Heads up Topanga motorists! Caltrans will close a portion of southbound Topanga Blvd on postmile 1.9 near the area of the recently opened highway which was closed due to a slide. The closure will allow crews to safely install k-rail near the location of the slide.

The closure will be on Thursday 6/20 from 9 am to 11 am., and there will be one-way traffic control near the location of the work.

For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.


The City of Malibu is inviting eveyone to the launch party fortheir newest campaign for safety on PCH:

Learn how you can be part of the community-wide effort to make PCH safer for our community! Join City of Malibu leaders, law enforcement, community members, community advocates and partner agencies for the launch of the City’s PCH safety campaign "Cruise Malibu – Surf, Sand, Slow” Thursday, June 27, 5:00 PM at Malibu Bluffs Park (PCH at Malibu Canyon Road).

Addressing PCH safety is a top priority for the City, and we need your help to raise awareness and change driver behavior! The City has been conducting an intensive effort to address PCH safety, including supporting state legislation, highway improvements and technology, driver education, and increased traffic enforcement.

"Cruise Malibu – Surf, Sand, Slow” was designed by a focus group of longtime residents with deep marketing and advertising experience, Pepperdine students, the LA County Sheriff's Department, CHP, and City staff. The community picnic-style event will feature a panel discussion led by community members with a Q&A, a screening of the PCH safety commercial and campaign materials, and a call for volunteers to join the PCH safety effort.

Take the pledge to "cruise PCH at or below the speed limit in Malibu" and receive a “Cruise Malibu – Surf, Sand, Slow” gift.

Food will be available for purchase. Bring chairs, blankets, and warm clothing. No alcohol or BBQs please. Please keep dogs leashed. Free, no RSVPs needed.

Find out about more upcoming local events, Click Here for the Event Calendar.



News of a tragic accident on Saturday at Dockweiler State Beach​.

A 2-year-old girl was killed after she was struck by an RV near Dockweiler State Beach that was driven by a family member, authorities said.

According to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im, "officers were dispatched to the 12200 block of Vista Del Mar at around 5:45 p.m. after learning of a car that had hit a person in the area."


The child hit as the RV backed out of a private property, Im added. She was identified as Merida Castillo, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office.

LAPD’s Media Relations Division later reported that Castillo and the motorist driving the RV were residents of Lancaster and related. They had no other immediate information.


The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will conduct a Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Police Department identifies locations where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that led to those collisions. Traffic officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and collisions occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Officers will be looking for violations committed by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. These violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide right of way to bicyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for signs and signals.

These extra enforcement efforts will take place the week of June 16, 2024.

“We all have places to be and not everyone gets there by car. Bicyclists and pedestrians have the same rights to the road but face even more risk without the protections vehicles have. We should all be looking out for one another.”

Pedestrians

· Be predictable. Use crosswalks, when available.

· Take notice of approaching vehicles and practice due care.

· Do not walk or run into the path of a vehicle. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to stop.

· Be visible. Make it easy for drivers to see you – wear light colors, reflective material and carry a flashlight, particularly at dawn, dusk or at night.

· Be extra careful crossing streets or entering crosswalks at night when it is harder to see, or when crossing busier streets with more lanes and higher speed limits.

Drivers

· Follow the speed limit and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.

· Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn.

· Never drive impaired.

Bicyclists

· Obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use lights at night (front white light and rear red reflector), and wear a helmet.

· Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.

· Avoid the door zone: do not ride too closely to parked cars.

· If there’s a bike lane, use it, unless making a left turn, passing, or approaching a place where a right turn is allowed.

· Yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections. 


Expect one lane to be blocked on northbound or southbound Pacific Coast Highway by a moving closure between Sunset Blvd & Topanga Canyon Blvd for drainage upgrades Monday, June 17 - Friday June 21 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.


All lanes had to be closed at 5330 Kanan Dume Rd, in Malibu on Wednesday morning. A vehicle went over the side and took out a power pole.



For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.


Monday night workers sandblasted off "ghost lines" from old striping & finished placing safety & speed signs. Plans to repair undulated pavement are under design.



For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.


Pacific Coast Highway north of Sunset Blvd. at the Tramonto slide now has two lanes open in each direction. Thursday 5/30 & Friday 5/31 at least one lane will remain open in each direction from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. to set k-rail & place more signs. Photo: During restriping last night.

For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.


On 5/15, Sheriffs conducted an overnight enforcement action on the City of Malibu's ordinance restricting overnight parking of oversized vehicles on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu: 5 towed vehicles, 1 DUI arrest, +60 citations.


Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the reopening of Topanga Canyon Boulevard ahead of schedule on Sunday, June 2.



Original estimates had the reopening of this important route that connects Malibu to the western San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County scheduled for this fall. Caltrans crews have been working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to stabilize the area and clear the roadway to open the boulevard fully with occasional one-way traffic controls as emergency repairs continue on the highway.

For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.


In response to the increasingly dangerous conditions on PCH, the City of Malibu approved a long-term contract with the CHP to add three full-time officers starting in January to assist the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) with traffic enforcement patrols on PCH in Malibu. It is the first since the City's founding in 1991 that Malibu has had regular CHP patrols. After the October 2023 tragedy, the LASD increased traffic enforcement patrols at the City's request. The CHP patrols and the intensified traffic enforcement by LASD have already gotten noticeable results, with fewer collisions, injuries and deaths on PCH in Malibu. This highly visible enforcement sends a strong signal that speeding and reckless driving will not be tolerated in Malibu

Construction will include removing the existing curb along the southbound border, removing existing pavement delineation, markers, and markings; realigning lanes around the slide area; grinding; repaving; restriping; and placing k-rail at the toe of the slide.

Malibu - Lost Hills Sheriff's Station Enforcement Report: January - April 2024

Total collisions = 70

Fatal traffic collisions: 0

Total number of fatalities: 0

Injury traffic collisions: 24

Property damage only traffic collisions: 46

Total number of people injured in collisions: 35

Total traffic citations issued: 1,793

CHP Malibu Enforcement Report: January - April, 2024

Speeding Citations: 1,057

*Speeding in excess of 100 MPH: 1

*Reckless driving: 1

*Unsafe turn or lane change: 11

*Following too close: 4

*Distracted driving: 23

*Seatbelt violations: 8

Equipment violation citations: 77

All other citations: 59

TOTAL: 1,241

*These categories only represent March 2024 - April, 2024

For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.


On Tuesday night, work will start to create a second lane on northbound Pacific Coast Highway at Porto Marina Way, north of Sunset Blvd. At least 1 lane will remain open in both directions between Sunset Blvd. & Coastline Dr. from 7pm to 6am through Thursday 5/30.

Caltrans closed the right lane for safety due to the "Tramonto Slide" that occurred in February and was further saturated by a series of storms in March. The lane must remain closed due to the instability of the slide. There is no additional space in the median to create another lane.

All northbound and southbound lanes will be realigned towards the shore to create space for a second northbound travel lane that allows the safe and smooth flow of traffic.

Construction will include removing the existing curb along the southbound border, removing existing pavement delineation, markers, and markings; realigning lanes around the slide area; grinding; repaving; restriping; and placing k-rail at the toe of the slide.





For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.


Pacific Coast Highway northbound north of Sunset Blvd. still has the right lane blocked due to slide. Cal-Trans has secured emergency funding to create a 2nd northbound lane. The design plans are complete and they expect to hire a contractor next week. Construction date is not set, yet.

All lanes will be shifted towards the southbound highway shoulder to create room for the second northbound lane.


Malibu City Hall is located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Rd. Find the pledge wall, posters and lawn signs in the upstairs lobby!

For more info, Click Here.



Pacific Coast Highway was closed in both directions from Paradise Cove to Winding Way on Tuesday afternoon due to a fatal car accident.

According to Sgt. James Arens, one driver was transported to a nearby hospital to be evaluated. The other driver was pronounced deceased when paramedics arrived. The incident is still under investigation


Expect one lane to be blocked in either direction of northbound & southbound Pacific Coast Highway by a moving closure between Sunset Blvd & Topanga Cyn Blvd & southbound PCH between Corral Canyon Rd & Puerco Cyn Rd for drainage upgrades Monday 5/13-Friday 5/17 from 9pm to 5am.

For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.


In November 2023, the Malibu City Council declared a Local Emergency aimed at addressing the risks of dangerous, illegal, and reckless driving on a 21-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH or State Route 1) locals call “Dead Man’s Curve” that is visited by millions every year. From 2011 to 2023, there were 58 people killed and more than 100 injuries to drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians on PCH. The dangerous driving behaviors on PCH culminated in the tragic deaths of four Pepperdine University students who were struck and killed by a speeding driver while walking along PCH on Oct. 17, 2023. That year alone, there were 220 crashes on PCH. Three of the crashes killed seven people and another 93 crashes resulted in injuries. The overwhelming majority of crashes involved speeding.

The situation is dire. Actions are being taken at the local and state level. The City of Malibu, City of Los Angeles, City of Santa Monica, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), and allied law enforcement agencies are committed to doing everything possible to improve safety on PCH, a top priority for the community and the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).



Go Safely PCH is a collaborative effort among local and state traffic safety stakeholders who are taking specific actions to reduce deaths and serious injuries on PCH.

City of Malibu

- Three CHP officers dedicated to traffic enforcement on PCH.
- $39 million spent on traffic safety improvement projects on PCH, with another $8 million dedicated to future PCH safety improvement projects.
- 2024 PCH Safety Report will track and update 130 improvement projects outlined in the City of Malibu’s 2015 PCH Safety Plan.
- 30 projects have been completed with another 50 projects in design and construction phases.
- 6 “LIDAR” speed guns for traffic safety enforcement activities by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).
- Two traffic enforcement operations in December 2023 and January 2024 by LASD and CHP resulted in 115 speeding citations. Citations for speeding accounted for more than 80% of all citations issued.
- From Jan. 29 to Feb. 11, 2024, CHP officers issued 154 citations, 151 citations were for speeding. One driver speeding at 100 mph was stopped and arrested for DUI.
- On Feb. 8, 2024, with several CHP officers not assigned to the Malibu Task Force were deployed in Malibu for targeted traffic enforcement, resulting in 23 citations for moving violations and 16 non-moving violation citations.
- In 2023, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu Lost Hills Station reported that 7,580 citations were issued for various traffic related violations in the City of Malibu. Of those, 50% were drivers between 20 to 34 years old, and 10% were Malibu residents.

Caltrans

$4.2 million Director’s Order that includes 30 infrastructure improvements:
- 13 speed feedback signs at 10 locations
- Speed limit markings on the road
- New safety corridor signs
- Lane separators to prevent vehicles from drifting into oncoming traffic or making illegal turns.
- New speed limit signs to enhance visibility at night
- Curve warning signs at four locations
- Three road safety audits that propose pavement upgrades, adding bike lanes and pedestrian access improvements at PCH/Heathercliff Road bus stop. Projects would be from Cross Creek Road to the Ventura County line. The bike lanes would be near Via Escondido Drive to Busch Drive and near Malibu RV Park Road to Via Escondido Drive.
- Pedestrian signal upgrade north of Carbon Canyon to replace flashing yellow pedestrian beacon with full pedestrian signal. Construction start date is anticipated in Summer 2024. See the full list of current and planned PCH Safety Projects within Caltrans District 7, which includes Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Caltrans will continue to update this page as more projects are added and completed.

California Highway Patrol

- Traffic enforcement task force in Malibu that will assist LASD on 21-mile stretch of PCH in Malibu.
- Zero tolerance for speeding. If you are stopped for speeding on PCH, you will be cited.
- Patrols on canyon roads leading into Malibu to deter speeders.
- More than 1,200 citations issued in 2024 through April by the CHP Task Force in Malibu. The overwhelming majority of the citations were for speeding.

For more info, Click Here.



Overnight moving lane closures are scheduled for northbound & southbound Pacific Coast Highway between Sunset Blvd. & Topanga Canyon Blvd. Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10 to prepare for upgrading drainage culverts.

This overall project will repair or replace a total of twelve drainage culverts along PCH from south of Temescal Canyon Road to the Ventura County line. Work includes:

Removing debris or flush sediment inside the pipes.
• Repairing joint seal of the pipes.
• Re-lining culvert barrels.
• Replacing damaged sections of pipe.
• Replacing entire sections of culverts.

Replacing the culvert at Solstice Creek (near Corral Canyon Road) with a bridge under the highway. The proposed bridge replacing the existing culvert will allow steelhead trout to swim upstream.

The nights of Monday, May 6 & Tuesday, May 7 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• One northbound lane will be closed from Sunset Boulevard to Topanga Canyon Boulevard for "potholing", confirming the location of utility lines. This will be a moving closure, starting at Sunset Boulevard.


The nights of Wednesday, May 8, Thursday, May 9 from 9 p.m. to 6.am.:
• One southbound lane will be closed from Topanga Canyon Boulevard to Sunset Boulevard for "potholing", confirming the location of utility lines. This will be a moving closure, starting at Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

Beginning Friday night, May 10, work will shift to southbound lanes again to install k-rail and for concrete work, blocking one lane each night for up to four nights. Then work will shift to northbound lanes again for up to four nights.

All lanes will reopen each morning. Please Be Work Zone Alert. The project will continue through summer of 2029. The contractor on the project is Security Paving Company, Inc.

For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.


Work starts this week on City of Malibu's PCH Median Improvements Project. Single lane closures on PCH, John Tyler Dr - Puerco Cyn 6AM - 5PM. Will increase safety by reducing illegal u-turns & wrong-direction driving. Completion expected June, 2024.

For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.