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Mulling the Idea of Ending Right Turns on Red Lights
"Turning right on red in San Francisco may soon be a thing of the past in the name of safety," reports Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez.
"Transportation officials this week discussed exploring eliminating rights on red, citing The City’s 14th traffic fatality this year as a call to action," according to Fitzgerald.
The city has been acting quickly, of late, to correct traffic safety conditions when a fatality occurs. In March, the death of Teth Rothstein while riding a bike on the Howard Street bike lane led to the city removing parking on the street.
At a recent meeting of the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors, Board Director Amanda Eaken cited Vision Zero as the reason for banning right turns on red lights.
"Drivers failing to yield to pedestrians is one of the leading causes of pedestrian fatalities," according to Rodriguez. "and is part of the reason for the San Francisco Police deparment’s [sic] focus on ticketing scofflaws."