SAN FRANCISCO—Officials from the San Francisco Police Department will be conducting Traffic Safety Enforcement Operations on March 14, March 22 and March 28, focusing on bicycle and pedestrian safety. The SFPD revealed on its website that in the past three years, the department has located areas where a large portion of pedestrian and bicycle-related collisions have transpired and responded by deploying additional officers to those regions in an effort to prevent 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 of San Francisco 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 have risen in California. In 2016, the state of California saw 867 pedestrians and 147 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.
All riders are informed to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age are required to wear helmets by law. Pedestrians are warned 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.