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Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP)

Officers of the Atherton Police Department and the Menlo Park Police Department, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, and numerous other San Mateo County law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), operation on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, motorcyclist and bicyclists.

The focus of the enforcement will be in the Town of Atherton and in the City of Menlo Park.  The hours of this operation will be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Over 20 extra officers will be on duty patrolling schools and other areas where traffic collisions occur, in an effort to increase safety, lower deaths and injuries. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, motorcyclists and bicycle riders that can lead to serious injuries. Special attention will be directed towards motorists texting and driving, speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, passing over double lines, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violations. Motorcycle and automobile safety equipment violations will be enforced. Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists. 

Chief McCulley

The San Mateo County Saturated Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.), is a collaborative effort on the part of the law enforcement community in San Mateo County to address specific traffic issues and educate the public about traffic safety. Each month, during every S.T.E.P operation, officers conduct selective traffic enforcement at certain locations identified as problematic areas within each host city.

Chief McCulley,

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