San Francisco Police Department is committed to reducing fatal and injury traffic collisions through enforcement and education. Police officers assigned to the Mission District pursue traffic and pedestrian safety through building bridges with the community, ‘one traffic safety stop at a time’ as motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclist share the roadways.
Mission Station officers conduct traffic safety stops to enforce, educate, encourage voluntary compliance of traffic laws in an effort to reduce the number of fatal and injury collisions and bring greater public awareness. Enforcement efforts have shown to reduce the risk to public safety while providing high visibility deterrence not only to traffic, but also crime. .
Historical crash data for the Mission District was used to identify high-risk corridors and intersections for enforcement. The corridors included 14th, 16th, 17th, 24th, Mission, South Van Ness and Valencia Streets. Enforcement of intersections included, but are not limited to 16th & Mission, Duboce & Valencia, 14th & South Van Ness, Market & Duboce, and 24th & Potrero.
Mission officers not only enforced areas based on five-year crash data, but also focused our efforts to respond to community and neighborhood concerns targeting complaints of violations of stop signs, unsafe speed, red lights, and pedestrian right-of-way.
In addition to the high-risk corridors, intersection, and community-based concerns, Solo motorcycle and patrol officers regularly enforced violations of the 15 mph School Zone to ensure the safety of our students.
The roadways in the Mission District are shared by pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist. Unsafe speed is the highest frequency cause of collisions. Speed matters in collisions involving bicyclist and pedestrian – greater speed shows an increase of injury severity.
During a twelve year period (2000-2011), Mission officers issued a total of 110,850 citations, an average of 9,237 yearly issuances. Occupant safety (seatbelts) and distracted driving enforcement data for 2010/2011 list 283 citations issued for seatbelts and 1,222 issuances for cell phone usage.
Officers assigned to Mission Station are dedicated to the service of public safety as a whole through traffic enforcement and crime prevention. Traffic deaths from 2011-2012 shows a significant decrease of -66.67% in the Mission District. Diligent enforcement and saturated patrols provided the deterrence of hazardous moving violations to reduce fatal and injury collisions.
Attached to this newsletter is a table showing selected violations and the bail schedule for 2013.
As we share the roadways, let us be mindful of the rules of the road to reduce fatal and injury traffic collisions in the Mission District.
Captain Bob Moser