by Jessica Kwong : sfexaminer – excerpt
As their piece of The City’s push to reduce pedestrian fatalities, San Francisco police are ratcheting up enforcement, which shows in their traffic citation numbers that are up more than 50 percent since last year.
From January 2013 to January 2014, the Police Department reported 43 percent more citations citywide, and from January 2013 to preliminary numbers for last month there was a 54 percent increase, Police Chief Greg Suhr said.
“All the stations are up. Across the board, they are writing more tickets,” Suhr said. “Whereas we might have been exercising more discretion and some sort of counseling, now there’s less counseling and more citation issuing.”
Catching traffic violators has become highly emphasized at all 10 police stations, regardless of what other individual issues they face, said Cmdr. Mikail Ali, who works with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency… (more)