SFPD announces results of joint traffic enforcement operation with CHP 

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  • Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo
  • Police issued 126 citations during a traffic enforcement operation Wednesday in an effort to curb traffic fatalities.

San Francisco police have announced Thursday the results of their joint traffic enforcement operation with California Highway Patrol conducted Wednesday.

The two agencies were out in force along Van Ness Avenue from Market Street to Geary during the morning and evening commutes in an effort to help fulfill The City's plan to curb traffic deaths to zero by 2024, dubbed "Vision Zero."

Police also ramped up enforcement at Folsom and Essex streets during the evening commute.

During Wednesday's operation, police issued a total of 126 citations, police Officer Albie Esparza said. SFPD issued 89 and CHP issued 37.

The citations were issued for such violations as using a wireless device, distracted driving, texting while driving, failure to obey posted signs, failure to grant pedestrians the right of way, stop sign violations, running a red light, driving without a seat beat and driving on a suspended license, Esparza said.

The City has seen four of the seven pedestrian fatalities this year to occur on Van Ness Avenue, Esparza said.

Wednesday's enforcement operation is an example of the department's commitment to The City's "Vision Zero" plan, Esparza said.

In the Stern Grove area of The City on Wednesday, however, a pedestrian was critically injured when he was struck by a vehicle.

In that case, a 36-year-old man was struck as he was crossing 20th Avenue at Wawona Street about 7:37 a.m., police said. The driver of the vehicle that hit him remained on the scene and cooperated with police.

The victim was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

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