SAN FRANCISCO (CA) — Today Suzy Loftus, candidate for San Francisco District Attorney, released her policy priorities to reduce and ultimately eliminate deaths caused by traffic incidents. Amid a string of tragic pedestrian and cyclist deaths, Suzy is calling on City leaders to work together to improve street design, enforcement and other reforms. The full policy piece can be found here.
“Our streets can be safe, shared public spaces where walkers, cyclists, passengers and motorists alike can move from one place to the other. I have partnered with the leadership of WalkSF and the San Francisco Bike Coalition for years, and I know that activists and advocates are vital partners in ensuring that street design, enforcement, and policy reforms reduce and ultimately eliminate deaths caused by traffic incidents. Too often our reforms and policy changes are in response to tragedy. We know there are improvements to make but the pain of the collisions and incidents compel us to move faster and make our streets safer,” said Suzy.
“I want our agencies, elected leaders, and community partners to work collaboratively before another person is injured or killed in San Francisco. I have seen how much can change in a short time, but it’s a matter of priority. And as we continue to see heartbreaking incidents on our streets, I am even more committed to preventing these tragedies from happening across our city.” If elected as San Francisco District Attorney, the chief elected law enforcement official, Suzy will enact the following policies:
- Direct all staff to apply the same prosecutorial scrutiny for deaths caused by traffic violations that is applied to deaths caused by other violent means.
- Ensure that families of victims are heard and treated with respect by all law enforcement agencies and provided the opportunity to offer their input regarding the prosecution of these cases. Where they are willing, our office will facilitate restoration and reconciliation with other impacted parties in the communities.
- Deepen the DA’s involvement with fatality analysis and strategy revisions by Vision Zero and the SF County Transportation Authority to refine enforcement efforts that support the goals of Vision Zero.
- Establish a consensus among all stakeholders of Vision Zero for guidelines to refer and divert misdemeanor level offenses to neighborhood courts for community adjudication with an emphasis on incidents in high injury corridors.
- Provide communities with ample outreach and education prior to enforcement operations to signal clearly that the intent of enforcement is to increase understanding of existing laws, to enhance prevention and to increase safety awareness.
- Work with Vision Zero stakeholders to develop notification and response protocols that provide communities with consistent release of public information when critical incidents occur.
- Direct the DA’s office to provide transparent reporting of enforcement outcomes including where cases are recommended for diversion, restorative justice and alternative sentencing decisions.
Suzy is supported many community leaders, elected officials and justice advocates, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mayor London Breed, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, State Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember David Chiu and State Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, Former California Democratic Party Chair John Burton, former Supervisors Katy Tang and John Avalos, BART Board President Bevan Dufty, community advocate and BART Board member Lateefah Simon, gun safety advocate Shawn Richards, justice activist Sunny Schwartz, community leader Roma Guy, former chair of the SF Democratic Party Mary Jung, community leaders Darlene Chiu Bryant and Jaynry Mak, community leader David Chan, Democratic activist Petra de Jesus, Frances Hseih, Tami Bryant and many more.
Suzy has also earned the support of the majority of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors including President Norman Yee, Rafael Mandelman, Vallie Brown, Catherine Stefani, Shamann Walton, Ahsha Safai and Gordon Mar.
Since launching her campaign Suzy has held listening sessions throughout the city to talk with residents about reform of our criminal justice system, their unique neighborhood challenges and their ideas for change.
More information about Suzy’s journey to becoming a prosecutor and reform advocate, as well as her policy platform, is available at www.VoteSuzyLoftus.com.