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San Francisco targets pedestrian safety.

In an effort to make pedestrian areas around schools and senior centers safer, the San Francisco Department of Public Health has teamed with local law enforcement on a safety campaign.

Launched in December 2012, the campaign encourages drivers to slow down to increase pedestrian safety. The San Francisco Police Department is working with the health department on the campaign, which is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Research has shown that adhering to speed limits reduces injuries and deaths, especially among seniors and youth who are high risk," said city Health Director Barbara Garcia, MPA.

The Pedestrian Safety Project for Youth and Seniors will provide focused traffic enforcement around schools and senior centers by motorcycle officers.

Officers will issue $155 citations to drivers who violate pedestrian safety laws.

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Title Annotation:STATES IN BRIEF
Author:Currie, Donya
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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