Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation Planned for South San Francisco and San Bruno

South San Francisco, CA   May 30, 2016  Submitted by SSFPD SMCPoliceChiefsSheriffsLogo

The Burlingame Police Department, South San Francisco Police Department, and San Bruno Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations on Thursday, June 2, 2016 with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians. Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots while special targeted patrols will also be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users. The operation will be focused in the cities of South San Francisco and San Bruno between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.


The departments have mapped out locations where pedestrian involved collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes. Officers will be looking for traffic offenses made by drivers and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians  in cross walks or any other dangerous violation. Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street  illegally or fail to  yield  to drivers who have the right of  way. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or intersections.


Pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use non-motorized means of transportation. . In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrian deaths accounting for over 23 percent of all roadway fatalities, much higher than the national average of 15 percent.


A national study reveals that pedestrians and drivers do not obey laws and signals consistently and many often use cell phones, text and listen to music while walking or driving. Only 60 percent of pedestrians said they expected drivers to stop when they were in crosswalks, even though they have the right-of-way.


The following safety tips can save lives and stop this tragedy witnessed far too often in San Mateo County:


Drivers can:

  • Look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night or in bad
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk where pedestrians are likely to
  • Stop at the crosswalk stop line to give drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yield to the pedestrians
  • Be cautious when backing up – pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your


Pedestrians can:

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road, cross at crosswalks or intersections, and obey signs and
  • Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no


  • Pay attention to the traffic moving around you. This is not the time to be texting or talking on a cell
  • Make eye contact with drivers as they approach. Never assume a driver sees
  • Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at
  • Look left-right-left before crossing a


Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

4 comments for “Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation Planned for South San Francisco and San Bruno

  1. Mike
    June 1, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Please include speeding traps or better yet speed bumps or stop signs along Railroad Ave in SSF. An area where drivers seems to think it’s okay to launch their cars and trucks from 0-60 in record timing. Too many residents with children playing for this to be ignored.

  2. Steph
    June 1, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Pedestrians these days are incredibly stupid. It takes very little effort to avoid getting hit by a car yet it’s nearly impossible to stop a car as fast as someone can jump into the street. I’m sick and tired of people jaywalking less than 20 ft from a marked crosswalk. Pure laziness. And damn it, let the car go through the intersection first if you’re going to mosey across the street.

  3. Mary A
    June 1, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Been saying this for years, just a matter of time before something tragic happens. Something HAS to be done with that bend that people speed up and fly around onMission Rd. And Grand Ave..huge danger for all who cross Grand and and trucks block view for pedestrians, and people just speed up as they turn an Grand and Mission Rd up way to know who is many kids and adults are nearly hit everyday for years , PLEASE do something, drivers do not care what’s around that bend.whole block has worried for many years.

  4. Ellen
    June 3, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    There are dangerous speeders on Greendale Dr and Westborough Blvd as well. I hardly see police enforcement or patrols in these outer areas of South San Francisco. Its the wild wild west in these areas for kids racing their vehicles with modified illegal exhaust systems there, unpoliced.

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