Aerial view of Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach near Los Angeles, California.

About Go Safely PCH

 

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).

Allies in Action

 

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.
  • From January to April 2024, 1,919 citations issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, up from 1,771 citations in the first quarter of 2023.
  • From January through April 2024, there were 24 injury crashes, a nearly 50% drop from 45 injury crashes over the same period in 2023.

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. 
  • Beginning in Summer 2024, Caltrans will initiate stakeholder engagement activities and community outreach as part of the PCH Master Plan to be completed at the end of 2024.

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.
  • April 2024 Weekly Enforcement (Monday to Sunday)
    • April 1 – April 7: 88 citations issued. 66 for speeding.
    • April 8 – April 14: 74 citations issued. 65 for speeding.
    • April 15 – April 21: 125 citations issued. 115 for speeding.
    • April 22 – April 28: 60 citations issued. 52 for speeding.
    • April 29 – May 5: 66 citations issued. 51 for speeding.

California Office of Traffic Safety

 

  • $555,000 in additional funding for grants with LASD, Los Angeles Police Department and Santa Monica Police Department to conduct traffic enforcement and purchase three changeable message signs and trailers, as well as a speed radar trailer.

Page Updated: June 2024