First Multi-Agency S.T.E.P. Deployment of 2013 Marks Successful Countywide Collaboration to Increase Awareness, Reduce Traffic Collisions

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On January 16th , twenty officers and deputies from various law enforcement agencies throughout San Mateo County participated the San Mateo County Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.). This was the first deployment of a collaborative effort to increase traffic safety and awareness in known trouble spots San Mateo County. The January 16th effort focused on traffic enforcement in the City of Burlingame in the morning hours, and in San Mateo in the afternoon.

Officers made a combined 185 traffic stops in the two cities, and issued 158 citations. Stops and citations focused on pedestrian right-of-way, “distracted driver,” seatbelt, and unsafe speed violations. The participating officers remained committed to making a high volume of traffic stops in this coordinated saturation, while maintaining the highest levels of community awareness and professionalism.

This is the first in a number of planned multi-agency saturation deployments scheduled to be performed throughout San Mateo County in the coming year. The San Mateo County Police Chiefs, San Mateo County Sheriff, and San Mateo County’s Highway Patrol Office have all committed  to this important safety initiative.  

Agencies Participating in San Mateo County S.T.E.P:

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Belmont PD, Burlingame PD, Daly City PD, Foster City PD, Hillsborough PD, SMSO Millbrae Bureau, SMSO San Carlos Bureau, Pacifica PD, Redwood City PD, San Bruno PD, San Mateo PD, South San Francisco PD

What You Can Do to Help

Enforcement action being taken in these saturation patrols is designed to reduce behaviors that result in injury collisions. The Community is encouraged to:

  • Be mindful of pedestrians in the roadway
  • DO NOT engage in distracted driving. Keep your hands free from distractions and on the steering wheel, and your eyes on the road!
  • Mind your speed – speed limits exist for your protection
  • Keep your seatbelt FASTENED AT ALL TIMES, and properly secure children in your vehicles

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) provides a great deal of information and resources on safe driving – here is a link to the OTS website:

http://www.ots.ca.gov/

or you can visit OTS on Facebook for current safety information:

https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaO

This Community Information is produced as a collaborative effort of the San Mateo and Burlingame Police Departments.

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