New “Coast to Coast” Seat Belt Enforcement Effort Aims to Increase Click It or Ticket Participation, Save Lives
San Francisco, CA – From May 23 to June 5, 2016, local law enforcement personnel will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This education enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while 88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up in 2015, almost 50 percent of occupants of fatal crashes nationwide are not restrained. In some states, the rate is as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes. In California, more than a half million people travel our roadways at grave risk without proper restraints. These facts gravely highlight the need for increased education, awareness and enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.
This year, NHTSA is aiming to increase campaign participation even more by coordinating a “Coast to Coast” seat belt education and enforcement effort with the California Highway Patrol and law enforcement around the I-10, I-40, I-70 and I-80 corridors. Additionally, law enforcement agencies statewide are joining the Click It or Ticket effort to emphasize the “Coast to Coast” seat belt safety awareness campaign in all 50 states.
“As law enforcement, we have a special role in helping protect the safety of our citizens, from the East to the West Coast,” said Chief Toney Chaplin, San Francisco Police Department. “Time after time, we see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in a crash. Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and to keep them from repeating this potentially deadly mistake.”
In 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationally were unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed. Law enforcement agencies will write citations day and night, with a zero-tolerance approach.
“Hundreds of thousands of citizens will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, as well as throughout the summer vacation season. We want to make sure that people are buckling up to keep themselves and their families safe. It is the greatest defense in a vehicle crash,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/ciot
At a Glance:
Bayview Enforcement Action 5/20/16 – 5/26/16
Arrests: Felony: 19 * Misdemeanor: 14 * Citations: 130
Auto Burglary, Narcotics Arrest – 300 block Arkansas – 5/19/16, 4:21 am Officers responded to a call of an auto burglary and met with a witness who had watched from his window as a suspect broke into a parked vehicle across the street. The witness saw the suspect break the window of the car and remove items from the vehicle before fleeing the scene. The officers searched the area and located a subject who matched the description provided. He was positively identified by the witness and was arrested. The officers located the owner of the vehicle who confirmed that the items that the suspect had in his possession had been stolen from her car. The suspect also had methamphetamine on his person at the time of his arrest. He was booked on auto burglary and narcotics charges. (SFPD Case No. 160408762)
Auto Theft, Narcotics Arrest– 1700 block LaSalle– 5/19/16, 1:05 pm
Officers spotted a subject sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle that had no license plates attached. They approached to investigate and noticed that the subject was holding a glass meth smoking pipe in her hand. In her other hand was a clear plastic bag. The startled subject complied with all commands and handed over the pipe and bag of methamphetamine. She was placed under arrest. A record check revealed that the car she was in had been reported as stolen. The suspect was booked on auto theft and narcotics charges. (SFPD Case No. 160363354)
Robbery – 1400 block Shafter – 5/20/16, 4:00 pm
A 44 year old employee of a plumbing/rooter company had stepped away from his parked work truck while assessing the job he came to do. He returned to his truck to find that someone had stolen a sewer camera from the vehicle. He saw a car parked across the street and noticed that the passenger had the sewer camera in his lap. He approached the car and struggled with the suspect for the camera. The suspect was able to retain control of the camera as his driver sped from the scene. This incident is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 160412995)
Burglary Tools Arrest– 3rd / 23rd – 5/21/16, 6:41 am
Officers patrolling in the area noticed a subject walking down the street and peering into parked vehicles. Believing that the subject was casing the cars, the officers detained him to investigate. The suspect was on probation for burglary and had a search condition. The officers searched the suspect and found burglary tools, such as a bolt cutter and grinder, in his backpack. The suspect was arrested for the possession of the burglary tools and was cited for the offense and released. (SFPD Case No. 160414515)
Firearm Arrest – unit block Dakota – 5/22/16, 4:35 am
Officers responded to the area regarding a call of shots fired. An anonymous tipster stated that a subject had been shooting a gun out of a window of a unit in the area. The officers located the residence and found multiple spent shell casings on the ground outside. They knocked on the door and were greeted with the voice of the subject who refused to grant them entry. They then heard loud banging coming from the rear of the unit. Other officers went to the back to ensure that evidence was not being tossed out of a window. They located a long rifle automatic pistol on the ground. The casing in front of the home matched the caliber of the weapon. The suspect eventually complied and allowed the officers entry. He was placed under arrest. The suspect, a convicted felon prohibited from possessing weapons, was arrested and booked. (SFPD Case No. 160417127)
Shots Fired – 1200 block Hawes – 5/22/16, 9:40 am
Officers responded to a Shot-Spotter activation and located multiple spent shell casings in the street. A witness had heard multiple shots and saw the suspect run from Hawes to Palou. During the course of their investigation, the officers were able to determine that a 21 year old male had been the intended victim of the shooting, but had not been hit. The victim refused to cooperate with the investigation that day. This incident is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 160417359)
Robbery– Jennings / Wallace– 5/22/16, 4:30 pm
A 29 year old victim came to Bayview Station to report that he had been robbed. He told the officer that she had been walking home with his cell phone in his hand when he was approached by two suspects. One of the suspects told the victim to give up his phone. When he refused, the suspect punched him in the face and snatched the phone away. The second suspect attempted to go through the victim’s pockets but the victim was able to regain his balance and run away. This incident is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 160419888)
Auto Theft, Stolen Property Arrest– Bayshore / Silver– 5/22/16, 5:00 pm
Officers responded to a call of an auto theft involving a PG&E van. They met with the two employees who stated that they had parked the van, leaving the keys inside, as they went to survey their job site. They returned several minutes later to find the van gone. Several witnesses who had been standing at the bus stop stated that a subject was seen getting into the van and driving off. The officers searching the area spotted the van at the rear of a building on the 300 block of Bayshore. The suspect was removing equipment from the rear of the vehicle when he was apprehended. He was positively identified and arrested. The suspect, on current probation for theft, was booked on auto theft, possession of stolen property, and probation violation charges. (SFPD Case No. 160418539)
Arson Arrest– 400 block Crescent– 5/22/16, 11:50 pm
Officers responded to a call of a subject causing a disturbance by banging objects in the apartment building with a metal pipe. The officers met residents who stated that their neighbor had been banging on their door with a crowbar and had damaged the door. They stated that they heard him banging things around in his apartment and were concerned for his safety. The officers went to the suspect’s apartment and heard the banging inside. They also smelled the odor of gas and cleared out the building. They were eventually able to make entry into the unit and discovered that the suspect had removed his oven, breaking the gas pipe, and had attempted to set his ceiling on fire. He told the officers that he wanted to burn his neighbors down because they did not like the fact that he smoked. The suspect was arrested on arson charges. (SFPD Case No. 160419496)
Robbery Arrest– Wisconsin / 20th– 5/23/16, 3:50 pm
A 30 year old victim was taking photographs of her wedding party when she noticed that a suspect had started running away from her parked vehicle. She looked inside the car and noticed that her purse had been stolen. The victim’s husband began chasing the suspect on foot and two of her friends got into their vehicle and began to follow him as well. The victim could see the suspect stop approximately 200 feet away, walk over to her friends who were following in their car and punch the windshield, breaking it. The suspect then got into a parked vehicle and drove from the scene. The victim was able to remember his license plate number and provided it, along with his description to the officers. The vehicle was located a couple of hours later on the 1000 block of Fitzgerald and the driver, who matched the suspect description, was detained and positively identified. He admitted to burglarizing the car and stealing the purse. The suspect was booked on robbery, auto burglary, vandalism, and witness intimidation charges. (SFPD Case No. 160421281)
Hot Prowl Burglary Attempt Arrest– 1100 block DeHaro– 5/24/16, 11:55 pm
Officers responded to a call of a subject trying to break into a home. The resident was inside the house with her small children when she heard banging at her front door and someone trying the door handle aggressively. Simultaneously, a neighbor from across the street, who saw the suspect trying to get into the house, also called the police. The officers arrived and detained the individual who was positively identified. The door showed signs of tampering and damage. The resident stated that she recognized the subject as one and the same as the individual who had been loitering in the area for the past week. The suspect was arrested and booked on attempted hot prowl burglary and possession of burglary tools charges. (SFPD Case No. 160426225)
Recovered Firearm – 1000 block Griffith – 5/25/16, 2:00 am
Officers responded to a call of a disturbance at a home and met with the reporting party who stated that a live in relative had had an argument with another subject who had refused to leave. A physical altercation occurred and the suspect assaulted the victim prior to fleeing the scene. As this was occurring, the reporting party went into the bathroom of the home and found a gun on the counter. She said that the gun did not belong to anyone who lived in the house and was left in the bathroom by the suspect. The officers seized the .380 caliber pistol and obtained identifying information on the suspect. This incident is under investigation with an arrest warrant pending. (SFPD Case No. 160426463)
Bayview Station holds community meetings with the Captain on the first Tuesday of each month. Due to Elections, June’s meeting will be held on the first Wednesday.
The next Community meeting will be at 6PM on Wednesday, June 1st
Bayview Station Community Room 201 Williams Ave (Cross Street Phelps)