SF transit officials oppose lowering fines for illegal red-light turns

San Francisco transit officials have gone on record against a proposal to lower fines for violating red-light turn restrictions.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority, comprised of all 11 city supervisors, voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose Senate Bill 986, authored by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), which would lower red light turn base fines from $100 to $35.

Specifically, the law would reduce fines for those turning improperly on red lights from one-way streets.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which governs streets in San Francisco as well as Muni, recommended the SFCTA oppose the measure to stay consistent with The City’s “Vision Zero” goals, according to the county transportation authority.

Vision Zero is The City’s stated policy goal of reaching zero annual traffic deaths by 2024.

Hill’s office has said the fines for improperly turning on a red light “are currently in the same ticket category as exceeding the speed limit by 25 mph on the highway or failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, even though National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studies have found that less than .04 percent of crashes nationwide involve ‘right on red’ turns.”

Supervisor Scott Wiener serves as chair of the transportation authority, but declined to comment on the body’s voted position.oving violationsSan Francisco County Transportation AuthorityTransit

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