Ammiano bill for cameras at Market and Octavia awaits Gov’s approval

A bill aimed at improving safety conditions at a particularly dangerous city intersection has been passed by state legislators and now only needs approval from the Governor to be enacted.

The bill, sponsored by State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a former San Francisco Supervisor, would allow for the use of cameras to enforce an existing ban on automobiles taking right-hand turns from Market Street to Octavia Boulevard. Ammiano has proposed the camera enforcement to be a two-year pilot program.

The intersection, site of the former Central Freeway, has been consistently ranked as one of the five most dangerous intersections for cyclists and pedestrians in The City. Many of the incidents stem from motorists taking illegal right hand turns at the intersection.

“Despite the City’s continuing efforts, there have been far too many injuries to pedestrians and cyclists due to illegal turns at Market and Octavia,” said Ammiano.  “This pilot program will allow us to not only enforce existing law but to also understand what improvements are needed to ensure that all users of Market Street are safe.”

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has until September 30 to approve the bill.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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