Police to crack down on traffic scofflaws

Growing safety concerns spark three-pronged plan

BURLINGAME — The Burlingame Police Department is cracking down on traffic violations in the city, in response to an increasing number of traffic safety concerns within the community.

Patrol officers and the traffic bureau, working together more recently to address the problems, have identified a three-pronged approach to tackling the issue.

Firstly, patrol officers will be directed to regularly monitor selective enforcement areas that have a history of unsafe traffic conditions. Some of the hotspots include El Camino Real at Trousdale Drive; Rollins Road at Broadway; El Camino Real at Broadway and El Camino Real at Chapin.

One of these intersections, Broadway at El Camino Real, was identified as a good candidate for red-light camera enforcement. The intersection, which often sees pedestrians heading into the Broadway commercial area, has been a concern for business owners and residents alike.

A report prepared by police Cmdr. Mike Matteucci cited a May 2006 study showing 15 red-light violations at El Camino Real and Broadway during 12 hours of peak traffic time.

The second approach is the use of radar monitoring devices that alert drivers of their speed in certain areas. The department is currently applying for a state grant through the Office of Traffic and Safety to fund brand-new radar devices.

Lastly, the department wants to involve the community by implementing a neighborhood speed watch program. Participants would learn about traffic-calming measures and will help the police monitor traffic conditions in their areas.

Anyone concerned about traffic safety should contact the department’s director of traffic at (650) 777-4100.

tramroop@examiner.com

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