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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cops Issue 126 Citations to Drivers for a Range of Idiotic Things

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

click to enlarge 125 and counting ... - FLICKR/GREENKOZI

We warned you yesterday that the cops would be out in force along Van Ness, looking for drivers who can't seem to follow the rules of the road.

But it appears that only some of you listened.

According to San Francisco police, the cops issued a total of 126 citations during yesterday's enforcement period during commute hours. Of those, 89 came from SFPD and the CHP issued 37 tickets. And, yes, two of those were issued to pedestrians for disobeying traffic rules.

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The alleged crimes: Using cellphones, texting while driving, plowing through stop signs,, ignoring pedestrian right of ways, running red lights, not wearing seat belts, and, lastly, driving with a suspended license.

Cops saturated Van Ness between Geary Boulevard and Market Street yesterday between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and again during the evening commute hours. Afterward, they headed over to Folsom and Essex streets to nab more careless drivers.

The enforcement was part of the Vision Zero plan adopted by city officials, which aims to cut pedestrian deaths to zero in the next decade. So far this year, four of the seven pedestrian deaths have occurred along this stretch of Van Ness, says Officer Albie Esparza.

"The SFPD remains committed to ensuring we do our part to provide safe streets for all San Franciscans to use," Esparza says. "And with our law enforcement partner CHP, we hope this enforcement campaign changes drivers behaviors and mitigate collisions or anyone from being severely injured or even killed while on our city streets."

Expect more of this traffic crackdown to come.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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