2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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Will you direct the SF Police Department to more energetically cite aggressive/dangerous driving and speeding within the city, placing traffic safety as a high priority within the Department, and supporting prioritized measured enforcement to protect people biking and walking?
Bevan Dufty: I have many long lasting, close relationships inside the SFPD. I will ensure that the tools necessary to increase our Officer’s abilities to enforce these laws are met. Pedestrians and cyclists alike need to feel protected as they use public space. No matter what means of transportation San Franciscans choose to use, we are all pedestrians and protecting our streets will gain a new priority and an ardent supporter in city hall when I am [response truncated]
Tony Hall: Yes, and I would insist upon same for all modes of transportation.
Dennis Herrera : Roadways should be safe for everyone, and everyone – motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike – should be made to obey traffic laws and safety procedures. The safer we can make our streets, the more regular people will be encouraged to adopt cycling as a preferred mode of transportation. I will make traffic safety a high priority within the department while simultaneously supporting programs that educate cyclists to be safe and courteous as well.
Emil Lawrence: First, the SFPD is already under pressure from excessive salaries and pensions. Bike traffic safety will never be a high priority because the SFPD has their hands full with many real crimes.
Ed Lee: Our Police Department remains committed to enforcing our traffic safety laws and targeting aggressive/dangerous driving. My administration has made traffic safety a top priority and I will continue to support measures to protect pedestrians and bikers from unsafe conditions. SFPD plays an important role in these efforts. Safety will be maintained when drivers, cyclists and pedestrians observe the law.
Wilma Pang: Yes [ed note: republished as received]
Joanna Rees: Traffic safety should be a high priority for the police department and traffic laws should be enforced for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians equally.
Phil Ting: Public safety should be a high priority for our police department, and as Mayor, I will support our police department to enforce our laws for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Leland Yee: Yes. I will work in partnership with Chief Suhr to address traffic enforcement to protect pedestrians and cyclists. I believe it will require a three-pronged approach: educating drivers, creating separate bikeways, and both prioritizing and increasing enforcement.
Cesar Ascarrunz: Public safety is a top priority and I believe we need more police on our streets to protect all residents.
Absolutely! This should include increased enforcement of right turns without signaling, double-parking in bike lanes, and speeding. As a bicyclist I can testify firsthand to the danger of those particularly reckless maneuvers.
Terry Baum: Yes, although I support the use of civilians to direct traffic, rather than highly paid officers. Police enforcement should be proportional to the danger posed to others; e.g., illegal and dangerous driving by car drivers should be a much higher priority than illegal moves by bikers.
David Chiu: As Mayor, I will direct SFPD to prioritize citing speeding and aggressive driving. Everyone, including bicyclists, needs to respect each other on the streets. But as a regular bicyclist, I know that many drivers don’t recognize that their negligent driving behavior poses great danger to thousands who choose the bicycle as their primary transport. SFPD should be a partner in our efforts to protect bicyclists and pedestrians.
Paul Currier: Yes. I also want more of our Police on foot and on Bicycles. I do not support the Robo-cop, High-tech Police State Model of Public Safety. I support the Human-focused; Community based Police Services Model of Public Safety. I plan to change our SFPD from the enforcers for Corporate Organized Crime to Community Based Public Safety Services. I want to end the War on Drugs and this will change the nature of Policing in California [response truncated]
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