February 10, 2005
The San Francisco Police Department today announced the Safe Streets Program, a series of highly visible enforcement operations targeting speed, red light running and pedestrian violations throughout the year. San Francisco has the fourth highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the United States for cities with a population of more than 100,000.
“Deaths related to speed and running red lights simply do not have to happen,” said Chief Heather Fong. “All too often [drivers] are trying to make up some extra time by running traffic lights.” The stepped-up operations are funded by a $150,000 grant from the state’s Office of Traffic Safety, and will include enforcement of seat belt and child safety seat laws.
SFPD Traffic Company Sergeant Bob Guinan has seen the tragic consequences of bad driving. The veteran officer said drivers should protect themselves by making sure the coast is clear when the traffic signal turns green. “Wait a few seconds, look in every direction, and then go. Don’t take anything for granted,” he said.
“Saving lives and preventing injuries is what this program is all about,” said Sunne Wright McPeak, Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which awarded the grant through the Office of Traffic Safety.
Given that San Francisco has some of the busiest streets in the country, Sergeant Guinan urges motorists and pedestrians to obey pedestrian safety laws. “Treat all San Franciscans the way you would like your family to be treated, and drive safe for everyone’s sake.”
The program is designed to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries from traffic collisions, speed-related injuries and arterial-related injuries.
For more information, please contact: Sgts. Bob Guinan or Gile Pursley, Traffic Co., 553-1245; Dewayne Tully, Public Affairs Office, 553-1651
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103