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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Police Bust Careless Drivers in Pedestrian Sting

Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

In this pedestrian mecca, it seems incongruous that drivers would be so oblivious to pedestrians walking in the crosswalk.

But they are.

And that made these police officers' job easy. The San Francisco Police Department ran a sting operation posing as pedestrians at Grove and Divisadero Streets Wednesday, where they collared one scofflaw after another.

"You can get going pretty fast through here if you make the lights," said one of two decoy officers who spent the sunny midday sauntering back and forth through the crosswalk in front of Planet Earth, a growing supplies store.

Five squad cars and two motorcycles lined up on Grove shortly after 11 a.m., like taxis at the airport.

They took off one-by-one, sirens blazing, as motorists invariably failed to stop. We caught a few of those busts on videotape.

You'll see the decoy officers ease into the street, a car will blow by, and then get nabbed. Sweet!

We take two girls to school through this intersection every morning. So we're thankful for  SFPD's efforts to ease this danger zone.

Here's to you, men and women in blue.

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