As part of its ongoing efforts to increase traffic safety and reduce traffic collisions, officers from the South San Francisco Police Department fanned out across the streets on Saturday July 11th looking for speeders. Specially-trained officers conducted speed enforcement on El Camino Real, Sister Cities Boulevard, and Westborough Boulevard. All of these streets are major arterial roadways with significant speed-related collision rates. Over the last few years, drivers traveling at unsafe speeds were the most common primary collision factor (cause of the traffic collision) in South San Francisco.
Officers were equipped with high-tech Lidar devices that use an infrared laser to accurately measure a vehicle’s speed and distance. Officers handed out a total of 81 speeding citations in the one day crackdown. One driver was cited for driving at 77 MPH in a posted 40 MPH zone (37 miles per hour over the limit) on Sister Cities Boulevard.
At about 1217 hours, during the enforcement operation, the traffic officers came across a traffic collision that had just occurred on Hillside Boulevard at Sister Cities Boulevard. A dump truck was traveling at an unsafe speed and rear-ended a passenger car. The driver of the passenger car was transported by Paramedics to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. This was an unfortunate example of how this roadway is prone to traffic collisions caused by speeding.
At about 1448 hours, during the same enforcement operation, one of the traffic officers was advised by a passing motorist of a possible drunk driver traveling on Airport Boulevard turning onto Sister Cities Boulevard. Officers responded to the area and found the slow-moving truck on Sister Cities Boulevard. The driver, Ian Cameron of San Mateo, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and officers determined he was driving under the influence of drugs. Cameron was arrested for 11377(a) H&S (possession of methamphetamine) and 23152(e) VC (driving under the influence of drugs).
This operation was just another in many ongoing traffic safety operations scheduled to be conducted throughout the rest of this year and into next year. The goal of these operations are to get drivers to slow down, be aware, and be safe. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.