The San Francisco Police Department is deploying more motorcycle officers in and around the city's school zones for the start of the school year, it was announced this afternoon.
The warning came on the heels of a tragic accident that occurred yesterday at a Pleasant Hill high school, where a large pick-up truck hit a 17-year-old girl who was on her way to her first day of classes.
The girl, a senior, suffered a fractured skull and was in intensive care at an area hospital last night, according to education officials. The driver of the truck was reportedly not speeding and is not facing criminal charges.
Even so, SFPD is warning San Francisco drivers that it is increasing traffic enforcement around school zones to ensure the safety of the city's students.
Enforcement will be directed at school zone vehicular speed, pedestrian right of way, and at drivers who fail to stop for school buses engaged in picking up and dropping off students, SFPD announced.
SFPD is asking drivers to be cautious in the vicinity of schools and to be aware of the increased number of cars dropping off and picking up children around elementary and middle schools.
Police are also asking drivers tolook for children in crosswalks before and after school, to stop for school buses flashing red lights, and to obey general traffic laws, such as no double-parking or illegal u-turns.
“Slow down, look for pedestrians,” SFPD urged. “Help us save lives and prevent injury.”
— Bay City News