SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department are conducting Traffic Safety Enforcement Operations on Tuesday, June 12, Wednesday, June 20, Friday, June 22 and Thursday, June 28. The focus will be on bicycle and pedestrian safety.
According to the SFPD website, in the past 3 years, the Police Department identified areas where substantial numbers of pedestrian and bicycle-related collisions have transpired and responded by deploying additional officers to those regions to halt deaths and injuries. Special attention will be given to Focus on the Five violations: speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for stop signs and red lights, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks, as well as any other dangerous violation.
The City is committed to eliminating traffic deaths on its streets as part of Vision Zero SF. Vision Zero SF is the city’s commitment to prioritize safe streets for everyone. Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are increasing in California, with more non-motorized means of transportation being used by individuals. In 2016, California witnessed 867 pedestrians and 147 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Riders are reminded to wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law. Pedestrians are encouraged to cross the street only in marked or unmarked crosswalks at corners. All motorists are reminded to be mindful of others who share the road.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.