A spokesperson for the San Mateo Police Department has announced they will begin to ramp up traffic safety patrols. The effort will begin on June 19. More than 20 traffic officers from numerous law enforcement agencies have signed on to participate.
Department leaders say the operation will be called San Mateo County Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program, or STEP.
There are many trouble intersections and roadways throughout the county, they said. There has also been a recent spike in collisions that have caused multiple deaths. Many of these victims have been pedestrians.
San Mateo Police Department officers say they will be placing a special focus on educating drivers about pedestrian safety. They are hopeful that STEP will help bring this important issue to light.
This operation will take place on a monthly basis. Each month will focus on a different area in the county. Drivers who are found to be in violation of traffic safety laws will be cited and fined. Police officials are hopeful this will help correct bad behavior.
San Mateo Police Department representatives said they have also started to hold seminars that teach pedestrian safety strategies. These sessions have mostly addressed senior citizens. The leaders of these seminars focus on educating attendees about how cars, runners and walkers can safely share the road. They have also pointed out the importance of yielding the right of way to those who are on foot.
Officers reportedly said they will spend the rest of the month focusing on correcting those who are driving in an unsafe manner. They will target the communities of Hillsborough, Burlingame, Foster City and San Mateo.