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Safer Streets for Schoolkids, Seniors, Bicycles and Pedestrians
The Santa Fe Police Department wants everyone to know “We Care About You Santa Fe,” so they are kicking off “Operation Fall Blitz” beginning Monday, September 16, 2019. “Operation Fall Blitz” is the natural follow-up to the strong, positive citizen response to the department’s series of enforcement actions aimed at creating safer streets and reducing traffic incidents. Those campaigns include “Spring Blitz,” Selective Traffic Enforcement, “Back to School Blitz”, Click it or Ticket, ENDWI saturation patrols and 100 Days and Nights of Summer programs.
“Spring Blitz,” recently wrapped up after nine weeks in operation that helped protect residents’ lives by reducing accidents and making drivers aware of their habits on the road. Saint Francis Drive saw a 29 percent drop in crashes and Cerrillos Road had a decrease of more than 10 percent. SFPD Officers invested more than 540 hours including 105 hours of overtime to make a total of 671 traffic stops with 899 citations, six arrests on outstanding warrants and 33 DWI arrests.
Santa Fe Police Chief Andrew Padilla said the increased attention is in reaction to concerns expressed by citizens across the city regarding dangerous driving on our streets. “This isn’t just about writing tickets and issuing citations,” said Chief Padilla. “This is about the safety of our residents. Our officers will be focusing on areas where crashes are taking place, where we have speeding problems and where people are running red lights.” In addition to the Fall Blitz, SFPD will continue DWI Saturation Patrols and Checkpoints.
Officers will focus on a variety of driving behaviors that add up to dangerous streets. Patrols will target speeding, red light running, speeding up through yellow lights, running stop signs, seat belt usage and talking or texting on cell phones.
“We learned a great deal about where and why traffic incidents happen during our Spring Blitz,” said Chief Padilla. “Now we’re ready to translate those lessons into targeted enforcement. Our aim is to reduce crashes and injuries to make it safer for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, and ultimately to save lives.”
We care about you Santa Fe. Please help make the streets safer. Slow down, don’t run red lights, put your phone down when you drive, and focus on getting there “safely and easily.”
If you feel your neighborhood needs some attention, please email Chief Padilla directly, [bot protected email address]
Andrew Padilla, Chief of Police, Santa Fe Police Department: 505-955-5102; [bot protected email address]