SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department will conduct Traffic Safety Enforcement Operations on January 30, with a focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety. Operations were also conducted earlier in the year on January 4, January 8 and January 10.
In the past three years, the SFPD identified areas where significant numbers of pedestrian and bicycle-related collisions occurred and responded by deploying additional officers to those areas 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 our 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 rose in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation. In 2016, California witnessed 867 pedestrians and 147 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law. Pedestrians are informed 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.