After successful short-term and smaller scale campaigns in places like
Visalia and Porterville, one California city is ready to take heightened
traffic enforcement to the next level.
San Francisco Transportation Director Ed Reiskin recently unveiled a yearlong
campaign that involves an additional 132 hours a week of traffic enforcement
at twenty-six intersections; the
Safe Speeds SF campaign may affect some other intersections as well, if program officials
determine that excessive speed, or another traffic violation, is a persistent
problem. Mr. Reiskin denied that SSSF is a revenue-driven initiative.
“We don't want people to get tickets, we want people to slow
down and obey the speed limit,” he insisted. Several agencies are
working together in this effort, which is funded by a $2 million state
The program is part of San Francisco’s Vision Zero plan, which aims
to end traffic deaths by 2024. Currently, the city averages about thirty
traffic fatalities a year, and about half of them are pedestrians and
The city fathers are betting on research which insists that Selective Traffic
Enforcement Programs (STEP campaigns) are an
effective way to change driver habits. Generally, these STEP campaigns only last a few
weeks, typically because money is so short and officer overtime, not to
mention other related expenses, is so expensive. So, officials apparently
believe that if a little is good, a lot is even better. As we all know,
sometimes that’s true and sometimes it isn’t.
That second dynamic often comes into play when
STEP-issued tickets go to court, because since they are under pressure to write lots of citations,
officers sometimes write tickets when warnings are more appropriate. If
there is not enough evidence to support the case, an attorney can have
the ticket thrown out of court.
Getting Legal Help
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giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
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