Posts Tagged ‘pulled over’

A Tale of Two Pedestrians: WHO’LL BE THE NEXT JOGGER TO GO FROM OAK & MASONIC DIRECT TO SFGH?

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Well, I suppose it’s three peds, actually. Now let’s see how they do:

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See that?

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The two peds on the left act properly and the jogger ped does not.

As per usual…

There’s room for improvement at this intersection, SFGov/SFMTA.

Just saying.

Joggers in the Panhandle Have Less Than a 10% Chance of Getting a Green Light at Oak and Masonic, So That’s Why They Jaywalk

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

From Hoodline:

Two Pedestrians Injured In Oak & Masonic Collision

And that comes on the heels of this, back in April:

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle At Masonic & Oak

The way our SFMTA has this intersection set up now is that joggers only have about 7 seconds to start crossing Masonic during a 75 second signal cycle. Assuming they don’t purposefully speed up or slow down to catch their green, that means they have less than a 10% chance of not encountering a red signal for crossing. Human nature being what it is, people jog across against the light and the resulting accident is the jogger’s fault. Check it:

Anyway, that’s why so many people are getting hit by cars at this intersection.

For whatever reason, the SFPD isn’t motivated to enforce the CA Vehicle Code upon peds, so this is the result.

If you believe in ped safety, you’d be in favor of a ped enforcement action here, to learn the joggers. OTOH, if you get paid to promote ped “rights,” then you’d disfavor a ped enforcement action here – you’d bend over backwards to displace blame. I mean, these peds aren’t “mistakenly” jaywalking, they’re doing it on purpose, right?

Choose or lose…

Wow, SFPD Enforcement Action at Oak and Masonic – Massive Number of Luxury / Electric Cars Pulled Over, Over and Over

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Here’s what it looks like – an SFPD enforcement action, this latest one at Oak and Masonic. (Note modern-looking SFPD Kawasaki Concours 14P (which looks to me like a CHP BMW) juxtaposed with the ancient Harley Davidsons what make up most of the Motor Patrol.)

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This action meant that every driver who commited some infraction turning left from inbound Oak onto northbound Masonic got pulled over at the Masonic Chevron.

One supposes that the new left turn arrow phase at this intersection was the instigation for the enforcement action. (Back in the day, traffic didn’t back up during the Morning Drive due to the Double Left Turn that’s no longer there, owing to concerns over ped safety, one supposes.)

All right, here’s your money shot, here’s your scene at Fell and Masonic with a brace of drivers, drivers who “know” they’re special, so fucking special, you know, your Prius hybrid drivers, your Range Rover drivers, and your new funky BMW i3 (with absurdly tall, absurdly narrow Conestoga wagon wheels) electric car drivers:

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That was the scene I initialy came upon and this is the same area as I left. Note the all-black Mercedes Benz, Audi and Lexus. It’s not a coincidence that the drivers of all these cars got pulled over at the same time, just saying:

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Of course, the SFPD will also pull you over if they notice you doing something wrong going the other way, but the funny thing was that the two cars I saw getting pulled over heading south on Masonic, against the current, heading towards the Financial, were normal ones, like VW Golfs. (I’ll ask you, should you ever be proud of your car? The answer is that no you shouldn’t be, because Pride Goeth Before The Painful Traffic Ticket What’s Going to End Up Costing Your Four Figures. JMO.)

Moving on, to this – peds coming up to chat up the cops to cheer them on.

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Now I’ll tell you, I didn’t see any driver run a red during the time I was at these intersection taking photos of the enforcement action, but I was paying more attention to the cops as opposed to the drivers. And I’ll note that sometimes the traffic lights would cycle red green red green red green without anyone getting pulled over.

I’ll leave you with this, my misfocused shot of a ped giving a black power salute to the SFPD to thank them for this latest enforcement action:

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Remembering 2012, When the SFPD Picked Up Enforcing Traffic Laws on Market Street, One Bike Rider at a Time

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

It looked like this:

In the 80’s, 90’s, and early aughts, bikes were practically invisible to cops on Market Street, except for the occasional* Commute Clot / Critical Mass event. But these days, the SFPD seems to consider enforcing traffic laws on bike riders a higher priority,** for whatever reason.

Anyway, back in the day, you’d just have to sit and wait for your ticket to get written up, but nowadays you can play Tetris on your iPhone to make the minutes fly by, as you can see.

Cops generally prefer to give tickets to car drivers for various reasons. One of them is that the protest rate is many many times greater from cyclists than drivers. So the theory that this recent push to enforce traffic laws on bike riders came from the top down sounds right to me.

*And especially except that time in ’97, when Mayor Willie Brown decided to “do something” about CM. A hundred-something people got ticketed / detained and had their bikes impounded, most of them getting penned in at Sacramento Montgomery for running a red light.

**Think it was in 2012 or 2013 that I got detained by two Crown-Vic driving SFPD on Market near 6th. Pretty sure it was just after the #5 Fulton line was rerouted to take McAllister almost all the way to Market, and I’d noticed two #5’s jammed up in front of the Hibernia Bank building along with three marked and two unmarked Crown Victorias within a block or so.  I was thinking, well, this certainly is unusual so it looks like the cops are dealing with something around 7th and Market, maybe involving the buses, so I’ll just keep on moving inbound by taking McAllister all the way to Market and then I’ll cross over Market after the SFPD radio car goes off east on Market. Except the car slowed down waiting for me to cross over to the right side of Market. I couldn’t understand how I was getting all this attention from the SFPD. Anyway, flashing lights, a request from a rookie for my “license and registration” (I looked at his partner, who sort of chuckled – I don’t think the rookie had ever pulled over a bike rider before),  a quick warrant check for me, an admonishment to use the correct side of the road, and I then I was off again. And all the while, some photographer guy recognized me and started taking pictures from a traffic island. (He never sent them to me, oh well.) I’ll tell you, I moved to the Tenderloin back in the 1980’s and I’d been California stopping at stop signs and red lights around and on Market for more than two decades before I got any kind of attention from the SFPD. And I thought, oh, things are different now… 

The Masonic Avenue Crackdown Continues – SFPD Park Station has a New Attitude to Match Its New Cars

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

As here, on Oak just past Masonic.

Stopped in the fast lane during the evening drive – not where you want to be:

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This POLIZIA Lamborghini Has Been Pulled Over, Ticketed Repeatedly, and Towed the Past Three Weeks

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Do you remember this one, from last month?

If You Want to Look Like an Italian Police Officer, Just Paint “POLIZIA” on the Side of Your Lamborghini Gallardo, Like This

I do.

Good times.

Well, since then, this vehicle has been making waves, you know, getting pulled over by the SFPD, getting ticketed by SFMTAMUNIDPTSFBC meter maids (Tough People, Good Jobs), and getting towed outta Chinatown like a beached whale.

And you know what the little people, the tiny topolino, those boring, mousy types who can only dream of being piloti di Lamborghini  or a sexy-time lover of piloti di Lamborghini, you know what they do? They whip out their cell phones and then post photos to the Internet.

Fucking haters!

As here on Market last month, via my Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet:

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And here’s an effort from Lulu Vision a few days later:

But there was no ticket issued for this particular yellow zone violation. Lucky Devil!

Now speak of the Devil, El Diablo, here’s a list of recent citations issued for this whip by the SFMTA:

02/13/13  T37C STREET CLEANING  $62.00
02/25/13  T202.1 PRK METER DOWNTOWN  $72.00
02/28/13  T37C STREET CLEANING  $62.00
03/01/13  T38C WHITE ZONE  $98.00
03/02/13  V22502A OVER 18 IN. FRM CURB  $57.00
03/02/13  T38C WHITE ZONE  $98.00
03/02/13  T38A RED ZONE  $98.00

Of course the cops don’t care about you parking in the yellow zone when they’re pulling you over, as here on Kearny. Also via Lulu Vision:

Hey look what came out of the Lambo –  it’s a quarter ounce of medicinal Mary Jane plus a quarter gallon of medicinal luxury vodka.

Good times. Good times for 32-year-old Mr. Cheng.

(Good thing that vodka was capped, Brother. Anyway, the SFPD let him go with a ticket.)

But getting towed from the front of the Chinatown McDonalds because of corrupt Rose Pak’s Chinese New Year’s parade, well that’s the limit, am I right, people?

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I’ll tell you, I don’t know if this kind of exoticar lifestyle is sustainable.

Well let’s the driver of this car can Go Forth And Sin No More…

Google Isn’t the Only Company Mapping the Presidio – What is this Subaru Detecting All Over Town?

Friday, August 27th, 2010

[UPDATE: OMG, the blue car below might actually be from Google. See the comments. I fear the worst. Courage…]

[REUPDATE: Bluoz, that guy who just loves to hate on Randy Shaw and that whole Tenderloin Housing Clinic / BeyondChron public-private real-estate/media empire, confirms the Googleness of this Subaru. It says “Google” right on the side of the thing. They’re ba-aaaack! First chemtrails and now this.]

Remember this scene back from aught-eight, when the Google Maps car got pulled over in San Francisco’s Presidio?

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Now, it turned out that the Google Car driver  got ticketed, but not for a moving violation. Apparently, Google didn’t feel the need to secure a permit to photograph this National Park for commercial purposes, even after discussing the issue with the Presidio Trust. But Google showed up anyway so somebody called the federales and Google got an expensive citation.

Well, Google isn’t the only operator of maps cars about town, it seems. Check out this new one, one that only just recently ventured into our Presidio:

What is the driver mapping with that masted array? And does the Silicon Valley company that sent it here doing whatever it is it’s doing  have permission from the Presidio Trust?

Don’t know and don’t know.

Keep a look out.

And to our corporate overlords, I say this: Any Car Color But Black:

“Project requirements
20 cars where allocated to Germany. We felt that the remaining visible black on the cars was still playing a negative role especially with the derogatory press that Street View had received in the past year.

What we did
We co-ordinated with Googles Geo team, logistics team and Street View car teams to produce a full car wrap that would cover the whole car. The chosen designs were then implemented by Picture onto 20 cars over a period of 5 days in Stuttgart.”

Google Maps Car Records Federal Police Chasing and Busting… the Google Maps Car

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

[UPDATE: Uh oh – appears as if Google has revisited the Presidio to update all the photos they had in there. So now you can’t follow the police chase by looking at the dozen or so shots actions shots from 2008. Too bad!]

[UPDATE II: Google has moved on to Subaru Cars: Meet the New Google Maps Car 2011.]

Here’s the scene last year when the Google Maps car got pulled over in San Francisco’s Presidio:

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Turns out that the Google Driver got ticketed, but not for a moving violation. Apparently, Google didn’t feel the need to secure a permit to photograph this National Park for commercial purposes, even after discussing the issue with the Presidio Trust. So, somebody working at the Presidio called the Federales and Google got an expensive citation.

It seems that rich, rich Google can afford to plant 800 pound “pins” all over town for the promotion of Google’s My Favorite Places, but it can’t see its way clear to get a necessary permit to operate on federal land? Mmmm.

Now, go here [you can still try but I think they’re all gone now] to see the hot pursuit by this United States Park Police Officer. Scroll around and keep clicking – you’ll see the whole chase all the way up Montgomery Street.

Pull over, Google! The feds want to chat:

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“I’m in Hot Pursuit! Choo choo!  Kik-kik-kyah, I love it! I love it!” Or kyew kyew, either way.

But if Google can afford $700 Japanese toilets for all its bathroom stalls, then it can probably afford the occasional trespassing citation.

Anyway, keep up the good work, Googoo!