Police Focus to Make Streets Safer for Pedestrians and Cyclists
In August, 2019, the San Francisco Police Department will perform prioritized enforcement of traffic violations in certain safety hot spots around the city. These areas have been identified by police where a higher number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents and injuries have occurred.
In those areas on five specific days, August 5, 13, 21, 15 and 30, police be especially vigilant for certain violations that have been tied to bike and pedestrian safety:
- illegal turns,
- failing to stop for red lights and stop signs,
- failing to yield to the right-of-way of pedestrians in crosswalks
A grant for the operation came from the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant program was to award certain cities the money to promote safety for traffic, pedestrian and bicycle hot spots.
In San Francisco, the city has created a map of high-injury locations called the high-injury network, and put together a grant application based on the data from the map. For the city, this effort was part of their Vision Zero SF program that has the lofty goal of zero traffic deaths in the city.
This is the third installment of this program which started in 2017, and in the past, the city has failed to meet one of the stated programs goals which was to have 50 percent of the tickets in the month to be given on those days in the hot spot areas.
At present, there are no report that show if the program has had any significant affect on safety in those high injury areas.