Nearly quarter of drivers fail during pedestrian safety sting in San Mateo

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San Mateo police held a four-hour traffic safety enforcement operation today during which nearly a quarter of the 183 drivers that came through failed to yield to pedestrians.

The operation occurred at three locations: 4th Avenue, 4th Avenue and S. Grant Street, and Monte Diablo Avenue and N. San Mateo Drive, according to the San Mateo Police Department. It aimed to address drivers failing to yield to pedestrians at marked crosswalks.

“We’re glad the majority of drivers (138) yielded, but were saddened that 45 drivers did not,” police said, adding, “That’s a 24.59 percent driver failure rate. We can do better!”

In all, 45 citations were issued for failure to yield to a pedestrian; 7 citations were issued cellphone use and one was for failure to yield to another vehicle. In addition, two citations were issued for failure to yield to another vehicle, police said.

Photo courtesy of the San Mateo Police Department