Percentage of Citations for Top Five Causes of Collisions

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SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT

FY2017-18
Target: 50% of traffic citations issued for top five causes of collisions ("Focus on the Five")
Status: 
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

FY2016-17
Result: 52% of traffic citations issued for top five causes of collisions ("Focus on the Five")

As part of the City’s “Vision Zero” goal to end traffic fatalities by 2024, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) has committed to “Focus on the Five” – to issue half of traffic citations to the five most common causes of collisions and injuries: speeding, violating pedestrian right-of-way in a crosswalk, running red lights, running stop signs, and failing to yield while turning. These five violations were identified by an in-depth analysis of SFPD collision data by the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) in December 2012.

“Focus on the Five” represents an important shift toward data-driven deployment of limited traffic enforcement resources to target the most dangerous traffic violations. All 10 District Stations and the Traffic Company of the SFPD are committed to the “Focus on the Five” traffic enforcement program.

OVERALL PERCENTAGE OF “FOCUS ON THE FIVE” CITATIONS FOR SFPD

Note:
Effective September 2016, the percentage of citations for the top five causes of collisions was calculated as a percentage of traffic citations. Before September 2016, this calculation was as a percentage of all citations.

How the San Francisco Police Department is Performing

Traffic citations are issued by each of the SFPD's 10 police district stations as well as the citywide Traffic Company. While SFPD has not yet reached its target of 50 percent overall for “Focus on the Five” violations, the department has made considerable progress. When consistent measurements began in January 2014, 22 percent of violations were for the top five most dangerous behaviors. By July 2015, “Focus on the Five” citations surpassed 40 percent of all traffic violations issued by SFPD, with individual district stations ranging from 14 percent to 62 percent. Over fiscal year 2015-16 (July 2015 to June 2016), two police district stations were above the 50 percent threshold: Richmond (53 percent) and Taraval (53 percent), and SFPD's Traffic Company also issued 56 percent of its citations for "Focus on the Five" violations. See below for the percentages of "Focus on the Five" citations by each police district station and the Traffic Company. The chart below can be customized to an individual police district station or a group of stations using the dropdown menu; the percentage of "Focus on the Five" citations is calculated and visualized for the group selected.

“FOCUS ON THE FIVE” CITATIONS BY POLICE DISTRICTS AND THE TRAFFIC COMPANY

Note that variation in the type of citations is expected across police districts. The largest police districts (Bayview, Ingleside, and Taraval) have the most stop signs, whereas denser police districts such as Central, Southern, and Northern have the most signalized intersections, and the Tenderloin police district includes only one stop sign.

SFPD currently has three grant initiatives aimed at increasing traffic safety: one to address driving under the influence, one to address traffic around schools and involving senior citizens, and a Safe Speeds Campaign to address speed enforcement. The Safe Speeds Campaign is a cooperative effort with the Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. It includes the purchase of 40 new LIDAR devices for speed enforcement and funds public education and additional hours of speed enforcement for one year beginning in Fall 2016.

How Performance is Measured

Currently, citations that are issued by each of the 10 District Stations are hand tallied. The separate Traffic Detail officers have handheld devices for citations, and their citations issued are downloaded at the end of each shift. These results are compiled to get the overall view of the department’s progress toward meeting the goal of 50 percent “Focus on the Five” citations. A project is underway to have all of the data readily available via the automated, handheld system by early 2017.

The number displayed on the scorecard page represents a fiscal year average of the values in the chart above.

Additional Information

Data

Please click first on the chart above and then click the “Download” button in the bottom right corner of the visualization to view and download the data displayed in the chart.