Letter: SF double-fine zones have no impact on drivers or crashes
- Published Thursday, January 13, 2011, by the San Francisco Examiner
Letters to the Editor
Fine zones have no impact
Claims about double-fine zones on 19th Avenue eliminating fatalities are specious. Drivers do not think about fines when driving.
So how to explain the change? "Other factors" account for both drivers' and pedestrians' improved behavior. The single most significant change was the addition of countdown timers at intersections that are visible to all users of the avenue. They provide vital information telling them how long they have to clear the intersection before the light changes.
Whether on foot, bicycle or behind the wheel, users with that knowledge make much more intelligent and safer decisions about either stopping or proceeding. Finally, I would challenge anyone to document that the possibility of increased fines deterred any motorists from driving at an unsafe speed on 19th Avenue.
[BATN: See also:
Crashes in SF double-fine zones down significantly in 2010 (10 Jan 10)