Drive safely or face consequences, says DA with Walk SF

Posted Wednesday November 30, 2011 by Jolynne

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On Tuesday, District Attorney George Gascón held a press conference with Walk SF and the SF Bicycle Coalition to urge motorists to take responsibility, drive safely, and avoid crashes like the ones that caused several recent pedestrian fatalities.

From today’s San Francisco Chronicle:

Gascon promised that his office will “prosecute these cases aggressively, if appropriate, ” but urged drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike to be more careful.

Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF agreed: “The holiday season is a time of sharing — and we should be sharing our streets,” she said.

Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition added “It really takes vigilance on everyone’s part.”

But while the speakers urged everyone to be more cautious, it was clear that the message was mainly directed at motorists. Stampe called on the San Francisco Police Department to step up enforcement, particularly of speeding and failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians, a campaign Gascon said he also supports.

“A  lot of responsibility lies with folks piloting what can be 4,000-pound vehicles,” Stampe said. “So while were asking everyone to watch out, we’re reminding drivers that we have a lot of responsibility when we drive. It can be up to you to determine whether people survive a walk through the city.”

Walk SF will continue to work with the District Attorney to make sure people who endanger others with dangerous driving face a penalty.

You can find more stories from the event on Walk SF’s “In the News” page.