S. F. drivers unlikely to get a ticket for hitting pedestrians

The Associated Press
Thursday October 26, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — Of the 337 car and pedestrian collisions this year where the driver was likely at fault, only one in 10 drivers received a citation, the San Francisco Examiner reported Monday. 

The paper’s review of police records of accidents and citations from January to June found that drivers who hit and killed 28 pedestrians this year did not receive tickets, though a few are being prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter.  

Fifty-four of the accidents were hit and run. 

Police issued just 39 citations at the same time that Mayor Willie Brown, Police Chief Fred Lau and Supervisor Mabel Tend pledged to toughen enforcement and make streets safer with new ads, longer green lights and talking pedestrian signals.