Nearly 200 Tickets Issued in One Day in County Traffic Enforcement Operation

Two cities were targeted in the operation: Daly City and South San Francisco.

Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
Law enforcement officers working the San Mateo County Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) this week cited nearly 200 drivers for alleged violations around town, police announced.

Burlingame Police Corporal Brett Murphy says Wednesday's STEP deployment focused on two local cities: Daly City and South San Francisco. 

"This was the fourth deployment in 2014 of a collaborative effort to increase traffic safety and awareness in known trouble spots throughout San Mateo County," Murphy said. 

The April 16 operation, a part of distracted driving awareness month, was primarily aimed at curbing texting and driving.

Officer made a total of 210 traffic stops in Daly City and South San Francisco, and issued a total of 188 citations, according to Murphy.

The breakdown of tickets was as follows:
  • 86 for distracted driving violations
  • 38 for pedestrian safety violations
  • 25 for stop sign violations
  • 10 for seatbelt violations
"Additionally, there were seven drivers found to be driving unlicensed, two drivers found to be driving on a suspended driver license, and one driver arrested for an outstanding warrant," Murphy said.

Murphy said that Wednesday's deployment will be one of many planned for the coming year.  Nearly every Peninsula law enforcement agency is taking part.

"The number of traffic stops and citations during this most recent deployment reflect a sustained enthusiasm for this program and traffic safety on the Peninsula," he added.

Geo Kitta April 19, 2014 at 07:18 PM
Everyone is against paying taxes: taxes bad! - everyone wants the services that taxes support, like law enforcement - law enforcement good! Let's see, law enforcement good but no taxes... humm, wonder why they have become rolling tax collectors?
Sam Chetcuti April 20, 2014 at 09:14 PM
These following laws have been on the books for years: •86 for distracted driving violations •38 for pedestrian safety violations •25 for stop sign violations •10 for seatbelt violations If you can't abide by the law, then plain and simple you have to pay the piper. I live in South San Francisco and just like any other city we have traffic cameras to catch those that run red lights. The thing I don't understand is as to why there isn't a law to penalize those who hold up traffic. I am certain I am not the only one who has idled behind someone who is going to make a right turn but is stopped because of a red light. If there is cross traffic or any instance where another driver has the right of way, this isn't a problem. The problem arises when a driver will sit at a red light even though they can safely proceed with their right turn. I would dearly love to see the SSF PD and other police departments start giving people tickets for obstructing traffic for no good reason.
MadMonkey April 21, 2014 at 03:27 PM
I am surprised at peoples responses of negativity. Have any of you driven anywhere recently? People drive without a care about safety at all. The only way to stop the behavior is to ticket people for it. Stop complaining and using the rue of it being bad because it is generating revenue. 86 distracted driving violations!! 86 people that were talking on their phone or texting which could have resulted in killing someone. 38 pedestrian safety violations. That means that pedestrians where in danger of getting struck, and you people are complaining?! Shaking my head.
American hero May 06, 2014 at 07:03 PM
I wish the Daly City and Broadmoor police would do this everyday. I don't know why the people think texting is no big deal. Hit them in their wallets and their attitude will change. It drives me nuts when a driver sits at the stop light and texts when the light is green for them to go.
Agranon May 07, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Are you nuts?


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