SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department will conduct Traffic Safety Enforcement Operation starting on Tuesday, July 3 with a focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety. Operations will also take place on July 11, July 19, July 25, July 27 and July 30.
According to a press release from the SFPD, in the past 3 years, the department identified areas where substantial numbers of pedestrian and bicycle-related collisions have transpired and responded by deploying additional officers to those areas 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 focused on stopping traffic deaths on its streets as part of Vision Zero SF. Vision Zero SF is our city’s commitment to prioritize safe streets for everyone.
Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are increasing in the state of California as more individuals use these non-motorized means of transportation. In 2016, California saw 867 pedestrians and 147 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state.
Riders are reminded to wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age are required to wear helmets by law. Pedestrians should 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 the Traffic Safety Enforcement Operation program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.