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Road & Travel Safety

On-The-Road

 

As with every neighborhood in San Francisco, and every city in the United States or around the world for that matter, crime is a fact of life.  A certain typical level of crime occurs each day in each neighborhood based on the characteristics of the area and the opportunities made available to criminals and petty thieves.

Driving Safety

 

1.    Take care of the obvious, but the often forgotten – tire pressure, tire tread, brakes, and service your vehicle regularly so that it operates optimally.

 

2.    Always drive defensively, looking well ahead to identify possible trouble spots, and using your mirrors to be aware of what is happening all around you as you drive.

 

3.    If you seem to have offended someone in another vehicle, try to apologize even if you don’t think it was your fault.

 

4.    In road rage cases try to take an alternative route that leaves the aggressor on the old route and call the police as quickly as possible.

 

5.    If the aggressor vehicle tries to force you off the road or cause a collision, slow down and/or back off to try to avoid collisions and look for ways to exit the route you are on (hopefully leaving the aggressor on the old route), and call the police as quickly as possible.

 

6.    If the aggressor does collide with your vehicle to the point where your vehicle is disabled or is forced to stop, remain in your vehicle with the doors locked and windows up, and your hazard lights flashing, and call police immediately. Wait until they arrive before you exit your vehicle if you feel threatened.

 

7.    If the aggressor brandishes any type of weapon at you while you are driving, slow down or pull off the road for a moment to avoid paralleling the vehicle and take avoiding action as appropriate, and call police immediately.

 

Travel Safety

  • On public transportation try to sit as close to the driver or operator as you can. They provide some additional safety.
  • On public transportation, if it's possible, sit in one of the seats that runs the length of the vehicle rather than one which faces forward. This offers you a greater opportunity to be aware of what is happening on the vehicle, and no-one can get behind you.
  • Try to travel using public transportation before 11pm as the later it gets, the more likely you are to face individuals who are adversely affected by drugs or alcohol.
  • If you must travel after 11pm, travel in groups or try to travel by taxi. Groups provide greater safety, and taxis take you from door to door, which is safer than most public transportation.
  • In vehicles, always keep your doors locked. Especially with vehicles today, it's hard for criminals to open your door using the button as most now retract flush with the window sill.
  • Always review the area prior to parking and getting out of your vehicle, and prior to returning to and getting into your vehicle for suspicious people or activity.
  • Always park in well lit, well traveled areas. Try to avoid dark parking areas, or very quiet streets.
  • Always have your keys ready as you approach your vehicle and get into the relative safety of your vehicle as quickly as possible.
  • Be cautious of vans parked next to your vehicle in parking lots if it is parked adjacent to your driver’s door. Observe the van for movement and try to check it out for possible occupancy. If you're unsure, enter your vehicle through the passenger door.
  • If you believe you are being followed by another vehicle, call 911 and drive to the nearest police station, hospital emergency ER, or fire station.
  • If an unmarked police vehicle tries to stop you in a deserted area, on a lonely stretch or road, or in circumstance that make you uncomfortable, call 911 and continue to drive at the speed limit until you can confirm with the police 911 dispatcher that it is a legitimate police vehicle behind you and that you should stop. In most circumstances, unmarked police vehicles will call upon a marked vehicle to stop you.
  • Should you break down in a deserted area, on a lonely stretch or road, or in circumstances that make you feel uncomfortable, put on your emergency flashers, call for assistance, lock your doors and close your windows, and wait for assistance to arrive. If a good Samaritan arrives, simply ask them to call the police if you do not have a telephone yourself, but do not get out of your vehicle to accept the assistance. Crack your window only a few inches to talk to the helper.

 

 

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