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    San Francisco Police Dishing Out Fewer Traffic Tickets: Report

    Fewer traffic tickets issued in SF despite crackdown on dangerous drivers. Pete Suratos reports.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 6, 2017)

    As San Francisco strives to improve traffic safety, new numbers indicate that the city's officers are issuing fewer traffic tickets, according to a report.

    While the city by the bay continues to push its Vision Zero campaign with hopes of eliminating traffic deaths by 2024, the San Francisco Examiner reports that the number of tickets handed out has dropped each year since 2015.

    The number of tickets dished out between 2013 and 2015 — approximately 120,000 annually — remained about the same each year during that time period, according to the report. The amount of overall traffic tickets issued so far this year is about 30,000 less than the same time in 2015.

    The amount of tickets for speeding, running red lights and other serious offenses is remaining steady, according to the report.

    It is not clear why the amount of tickets has been dropping, according to the report, but the drop allows the police department to meet its mandate of having 50 percent of all tickets being in "vital traffic safety categories."

    While the overall number of tickets issued continues to fall, so does the number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities, according to the report.

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