cover-crosswalk.jpgPolice are cracking down on pedestrian safety violations in the South of Market area in the coming week.

Members of the Southern Station Community Police Advisory Board will hand out fliers and work to raise pedestrian awareness at Fifth and Market streets today from 9 a.m. to noon.

Following the educational campaign, police will conduct enforcement operations at that intersection starting Monday, using officers on cars, on motorcycles and on foot.

“In a city named most walkable in the country, it is unacceptable that our Southern District has the highest incidents of traffic-related injuries and fatalities,” said Capt. Charlie Orkes, commanding officer of the Southern District Police Station.

“If our joint effort between SFPD and residents saves just one life of those walking, riding or driving, it will be a success.”

The safety campaign will be expanded to other southern parts of the city in future weeks.

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