SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco city leaders and police officials pledged during a joint hearing at City Hall Thursday night to strengthen enforcement of traffic violations and work to prevent fatal collisions as more and more cars, bicycles and pedestrians make their way around the city.
The hearing came a day after Mayor Ed Lee announced his own plans to boost traffic safety enforcement, training and launch a citywide public awareness campaign meant to prevent the types of collisions that killed four cyclists and 21 pedestrians last year, including a 6-year-old girl in the city’s Tenderloin District on New Year’s Eve.
“I know there are things all of us can do better and I know the police department is working to make sure every San Franciscan is safe,” said Supervisor David Campos, who called the rare joint Board of Supervisors and Police Commission meeting.
The meeting featured discussion of a resolution introduced at the Tuesday Board of Supervisors meeting calling on city leaders to commit to a “Vision Zero” policy to eliminate traffic deaths in the city over the next decade.
At Thursday’s meeting, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr pledged to work within his department and other city agencies to work toward the lofty goal.
“We’re committed to a new normal in San Francisco, where as the staffing bumps up, so will the tickets,” Suhr said. “Enforcement is never popular, but we’re committed to making the city safe.”