South San Francisco, CA March 19, 2016 Submitted by SSFPD
On Tuesday March 15th and Friday March 18th, traffic officers fanned out across South San Francisco in a two-day crackdown looking for speeding drivers. These traffic enforcement saturation patrols were just two of many being completed on various days throughout this year. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Each saturation patrol consists of specially-trained officers using new state-of-the-art lidar devices to check driver’s speeds. Lidar is a highly-accurate laser device that measures distances down to inches and exact speeds of vehicles. The lidar devices are equipped with special optical sighting systems that can differentiate between vehicles; this allows officers to target the fastest vehicle on a roadway and obtain an exact speed reading.
During the two-day crackdown, officers targeted roadways in the City that are known complaint areas and/or streets that have high injury or fatality traffic collision rates where speed was the primary cause of the accidents. The streets enforced during the saturation patrols were: Hillside Boulevard, El Camino Real, Sister Cities Boulevard, and West Orange Avenue. During the crackdown, officers handed out 39 speeding citations on Tuesday and an additional 68 speeding citations on Friday. This resulted in a total of 107 speeding citations issued in the two days.
The drivers issued citations were traveling an average of 15 MPH or higher over the posted speed limit. The goal of these operations is to remind motorists to drive with caution, obey the speed limit, and drive safely. Remember, “Don’t Speed or You’ll be Next”.
SSFPD provided outreach of this enhanced enforcement on March 14 INFO HERE