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News - March 27, 2013

Fortified traffic patrol nets at least 200 drivers

by Sandy Brundage

Even with police informing the public that they would step up traffic patrols on March 20, at least 200 drivers got tickets in Menlo Park and Redwood City on that day.

"Our overall objective is to increase awareness, and part of that is publicizing (the patrols)," said Sgt. Jay Kiely of the Burlingame Police Department, which participated in the multi-agency effort. "We don't want it to come as a shock. Educating is one of the main ways to minimize collisions. For some, their education comes in the form of a ticket."

Seventy-one citations were handed out for failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Sixty went to distracted drivers, such as those talking on cellphones while driving, and the remainder were given for running stop signs, not wearing seat belts, and other violations, according to Sgt. Kiely.

Based on collision statistics and other data such as the amount of pedestrian traffic or unregulated intersections, the officers selected downtown Menlo Park, the El Camino Real corridor and Woodside Road in Redwood City for increased patrol on Wednesday.

San Mateo County law enforcement agencies donated officers to conduct monthly traffic saturation deployments through August. The next effort will be held in April in Daly City and Millbrae. Sgt. Kiely said agencies are hoping to win a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety to fund the program in the future.

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