SF Police Chief Talks Traffic Safety With Streetsblog. NYPD? Silent.

gascon.jpgPolice chief George Gascón, center, fields a question from Streetsblog’s Bryan Goebel. Photo: Michael Rhodes.

On August 7, George Gascón was sworn in as San Francisco’s chief of police. Four weeks later, he sat down for an interview with Streetsblog San Francisco editor Bryan Goebel. In case you thought all police were incapable of discussing street safety and traffic enforcement substantively, have a listen:

[audio: http://sf.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2009/09/Chief-Gascon-Interview.mp3]

Gascón goes on the record with positions on speed cameras, pedestrian and cyclist safety, and police chases. He says traffic enforcement resources should be allocated to the most hazardous areas, and he’ll consider appointing a liaison to address the concerns of cyclists. You don’t hear him commit to lowering speed limits or rotating cops through bike patrol duty, but you do get a feel for how he views traffic enforcement and the responsibilities of different road users.

As Bryan notes, Gascón’s willingness to sit for an interview stands in marked contrast to his predecessor, Heather Fong, "who often steered clear of reporters, and ignored efforts
to establish closer working relationships with transit advocates." By fielding questions about traffic enforcement, Gascón is sending the message that street safety is worth his time and attention.

Here in New York, we have yet to see a comparable level of seriousness about street safety from Ray Kelly or NYPD’s public information office. This week, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne has not returned requests for comment, submitted by fax and email, about the fact that traffic fatalities in New York City are on the rise. While every other city agency Streetsblog has dealt with returns phone calls and provides statements on the record, the NYPD has ignored our every request for information beyond the most basic facts about traffic collisions. This is entirely consistent with the public statements on traffic crime from Gascón’s counterpart, Ray Kelly.

Shown documentation last month that motorists commit traffic violations virtually unchecked on city streets, Kelly gave the verbal equivalent of a shrug, citing the number of tickets NYPD hands out. No word on whether those tickets actually deterred dangerous driving, or whether Kelly has given a moment’s pause to the idea that we can measure the rate of traffic crime as we do violent crime, and track progress on safety accordingly.

Not that the commissioner isn’t a voluble fellow. If you do score 30 minutes of face time with Kelly, just stick to questions about neckwear, like the Times did a few days ago, and you’ll get an earful.

  • Omri

    Perhaps if each of us printed the weekly carnage every week and mailed it to him, he’d take the hint.

  • LYP

    LYP-I appreciate for your kind and generous sharing.Shop online at christian louboutin mall for a great selection of christian louboutin boots, christian wedding shoes,christian louboutin ankle boots and sandals for girls,women and men with free shopping on all orders.Welcome to luxury christian louboutin sale online store.The best christian louboutin at best price, free delivery,easy returns & exchanges,100% quality guarantee!Save 82% Off.Cheap christian louboutin daffodile makes a woman’s feet dazzle and shine even after the twelve strikes of midnight.Own a pair of stylish and wonderful christian louboutin is women’s lifetime pursuit. We offer christian louboutin red bottom shoes online shopping by an elegant but easy way. Shopping online at discount price for red sole signature designer.
    Order  products in christian louboutin sale store are free shipping.If you want to be more remarkable,do not miss christian louboutin daffodil. They are sexy and gorgeous christian louboutin.Welcome old and new customers,we will offer you the best service.All shoes has been worked by good craftsman and christian louboutin men for men by hand and this is the result of a careful selection.If you   are engaged in the vogue or you want keep the same pace with the trend,christian louboutin could be your best choice.It is really nice of you to share the excellent shoes information to others. christian louboutin shoes is absolutely representative of fashion and recreation,became a matter of course the popular protagonist of the season.christian louboutin outlet will try our best to satisfy you christian louboutin wedges.
    christian louboutin sale is french hot brand in the world,We provide different kinds of christian louboutin usa.Choose the   woman wearing louboutin slingback,often has realised that many men somehow to high-heeled shoes have deep interest,wear cheap christian louboutin sales shoes can easily outright conquest many men,can easily get many men worship,can easily make many men excited.In fashionable arena occupies a place   of christian louboutin ankle boot forever and always makes women fascination.christian louboutin outlet
     foot that one wipe enthusiastic red,no matter how plain clothes,they   were unable to hide the hostess as fire the lively personality.christian louboutin sandals is fashionable and beautiful, recently new appearance of new women’s   sandals,presenting an one colour profusion,design and material   collocation also ingenuity, pretty,both restoring ancient ways,full of female lasting appeal,sweet call a person fondle admiringly
    christian louboutin shoes sole design very clever,”catch” the selling point of sight let woman enchanted,sexy very narcissistic is frowsty coquettish,imagine a man to follow his sole after the line of sight of red,women must have is willing to pay. The identification of the “red sole degree is high,it’s another benefit is let female stars free advertising.christian louboutin sale shoes as a woman’s external wearing choice embodies her connotation,her taste,her pursuit of her life,understanding.christian louboutin sandals is a woman’s life cannot resist temptation of summer follow sandal high is undoubtedly the most powerful-naked fiber foot,Dan red nutmeg, summer air fragrance in stimulating fashion masters of inspiration,the perfect cheap christian louboutin daffodile,in people the envy of look in the eyes supports a pieces of living color.Delicate the luxury of girl for oneself of each clothes to acquire a   pair of high heels to match,but always than a double take christian louboutin 2012 to reality.
    Whether you are what kind of woman need to wear a pair of christian louboutin shoes on the red carpet,your choice,we are unable to intervene,but you should know that Mr.Bhutto’s name.christian louboutin outlet today has five stores in the United States,two in New York the rest of South Beach Plaza in Los Angeles,Las Vegas and Orange state,some christian louboutin sale stores are planning to open in the Bal harbour,Boston and Chicago.The famous U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey,christian louboutin sandals is an art,recent and famous director David Lynch co-operation,his collection of shoes do one called "Idol"exhibition.R &B singer Ciara,Jay-Z’s song with the lyrics of christian louboutin canada content.
    Red soled christian louboutin shoes‘s signature logo,highlighting women’s lovely,beautiful,quieter and mature sexy christian louboutin sale store favorite with a variety of bright colors,especially open-toed style won him favor with the soleNama red flag,the performance of a woman with high heels the sexiest,swaying side.No wonder so many stars are even willing to free to speak for him,showed off alone belong to the christian louboutin outlet‘s style on the red carpet.Frenchman christian louboutin sales world is absolutely impossible to ignore.It is a favorite of European and American actress!”Red shoes” to identify high,another advantage is that the female stars free advertising.See the red soles of christian louboutin uk,the fundamental need to find the logo.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Broken Streets Theory: How to Alter the Psychology of Reckless Driving

|
Jessie Singer has a great feature in the latest issue of TA’s Reclaim magazine (now available online), examining the NYPD’s failure to curb dangerous driving. After pushing down violent crime rates so effectively based on data-driven analysis, she asks, why don’t police use the same techniques to tame the life-threatening hazards of New York City […]

Chicago Police Say It Loud: Bikes Belong

|
Traffic Enforcement for Bicyclist Safety from Chicago Bicycle Program on Vimeo. This amazing video, via Chicago Bicycle Advocate, was produced for the Chicago Police Department to educate drivers, cyclists and officers on traffic laws pertaining to bikes. Considering the consistent disregard and hostility projected by New York’s Finest, that such videos exist (San Francisco has […]