San Mateo drivers have much higher citation rates for not yielding to pedestrians, well above the national average, according to a May report from Insurify, a U.S. auto insurance comparison website.
The Insurify report found that motorists in San Mateo were cited for not yielding to a pedestrian at a rate of 24.4 per 10,000 drivers, five times the national average and among the worst in the country based on reports from 2018 to 2021 from Insurify’s insurance claims database. About 4.86 in 10,000 drivers do not yield to a pedestrian in all metropolitan areas in the United States. Alexandra Conza, a team leader at Insurify who created the database and analyzed the data, said the company has seen an increase in speeding and reckless driving which has implications for driver safety and pedestrians.
“One of the reasons we published this study is that as more and more people spend time outdoors, pedestrian safety should be a concern for drivers because people are outside.” , said Conza.
The report uses Insurify’s database of more than 4 million insurance claims and breaks down the proportion of drivers reporting one or more citations for failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian, which determined where happened the most incidents for pedestrians. San Mateo’s figures are based on the number of drivers in its city’s insurance application database. Insurify said drivers must disclose information such as where they live, driving history and any movement violations when applying for car insurance. Other Bay Area towns with higher than average quotes for not yielding to pedestrians include Fremont and Sunnyvale.
âI don’t think pedestrian safety as an issue is resolved, unfortunately. We still see pedestrian risks all over the county, especially in these towns as well, âConza said.
The report also noted that while other studies take pedestrian fatalities into account, right-of-way citations occur 20 times more frequently and may be a better indicator of motorist behavior in specific areas.
âIt gives us a better idea of ââdriver behavior on a regional basis that the fatality data doesn’t give,â Conza said.
Conza said many cities with above-average crime rates were densely populated areas, including locations in Southern California and the New York City area. Conza was surprised that a cluster of several towns in Northern California had an above-average number of offenses.
âI think this indicates a regional pattern of traffic behavior,â Conza said.
Pedestrian safety remains a high priority for the city and the San Mateo Police Department, which recently held an April 29 traffic control event in the city to catch offending motorists and pedestrians. Officers cited 45 drivers that day within hours. Police have seen a steady annual increase in road collisions with pedestrians prior to COVID-19. San Mateo experienced 49 traffic collisions with pedestrians in 2019, the highest since 2015, and an increase of 104% from 24 in 2016. Police also held several other traffic education programs during the month latest.
San Mateo Police spokesperson Officer Alison Gilmore said although the department does not have a date for another law enforcement operation, it will continue to have deployments from the Bureau. traffic and safety, perform targeted and complaint-driven enforcement and use mapping to ensure pedestrian road safety. .
San Mateo city officials have also held town-center traffic safety-themed town halls, with issues of elder protection, speed, and pedestrian safety highlighted as areas the public wants. see discussed.
Public Works spokeswoman Kellie Benz said road safety remains an important activity, citing the Safe Streets San Mateo education campaign, online road safety maps and meetings with local interest groups. neighborhood to solve neighborhood issues like through traffic and safer intersections. She noted that pedestrian safety is also a motivator behind several city projects, such as the 25th year separation project.
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