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



  1. Pedestrians have right-of-way at unmarked crosswalks, too.
    Even at T-intersections, they have right-of-way.

  2. Some motorists just don’t pay attention to bicyclist and or pedestrians and is the main reason for accidents. We should all be aware for safety sake.

  3. I really do try to stop for pedestrians, especially in crosswalks.
    There ARE times where they don’t appear to be crossing the street however.
    Always cautious, though and I’d never forgive myself if I ran into someone.
    We’re in too big a hurry in our lives. I am guilty of that too.
    Pedestrians, too, need to be vigilant and cross streets carefully.
    They have the ‘right’ to cross there.
    But, unfortunately, they can be DEAD right….

  4. Pedestrian’s should not assume a car will stop , demastrated in failed stops here. I see people all the time just walk right into the street with out looking .You never know who’s behind the wheel some one drinking some crazy you dont know why would you put your life in there hands .

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