CHP issues nearly 200 tickets on Bay Bridge S-curve over weekend

Most for speeding, but other violations also cited

The California Highway Patrol issued nearly 200 citations, mostly for speeding, as officers saturated the Bay Bridge's S-curve over the weekend, according to a report by the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Officer Herman Quon said between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Monday, 169 drivers were cited for speeding, and nearly 30 for other violations, on the S-curve. Officers also verbally warned numerous motorists as part of an effort to educate the public on the dangers of speeding on the


The CHP began regularly saturating the bridge with officers during off-peak hours Thursday night and will continue indefinitely, Quon said.

There have been at least 43 accidents on the S-curve since that temporary section of the roadway was installed over the Labor Day weekend, including a fatal crash Nov. 9 in which a big-rig toppled over the side of the bridge.

"We looked at the 43 collisions we've had and they all pointed to one common denominator," Quon said referring to speed.

Quon said officers are able to use lanes closed by the California Department of Transportation to safely pull over motorists.

He said the enforcement is part of a larger effort to educate the public on the dangers of speeding on the bridge. Caltrans has also installed additional safety measures near the S-curve, including extra speed limit signs, reflective striping along the barriers on the roadway's edge and raised bumps between lanes.

The weekend enforcement marked a big increase in the number of citations issued on the S-curve, Quon said. There had been approximately 700

citations issued on the S-curve in the two months between Labor Day weekend and when the increased enforcement began last week, he said.

The speed limit on most of the bridge is 50 mph, but the limit drops to 40 mph on the S-curve, with a maximum 35 mph recommended on the sharpest curves.

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Posted by non-commuter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2009 at 9:17 am

This sounds more like an engineering snafu than a law enforcement problem to me...

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Posted by JC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Nov 18, 2009 at 10:38 am

Looks like they are taking the unfortunate situation and turn it into a money making curve for the city. With tickets these days are in the $400 price range - think how much they are making off the poor drivers! They should rename this to the "income-curve"!

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Yes, this is an engineering problem, but CHP/Caltrans/etc. have to blame the problems on the drivers. If they admitted to anything close to the truth, they would probably open themselves up to lawsuits.

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