Starting today the Tucson Police Department will begin increased enforcement of bicycle and pedestrian safety violations.
Last week TPD was awarded a grant to pay for the increased enforcement, which will run through Friday, May 18.
According to a release from TPD, officers will focus on high bicycle and pedestrian areas paying special attention to signalized crosswalks.
Here’s a part of the release:
“The primary goal of this additional enforcement is to reduce the number of collisions that involve pedestrians and bicycles as well as to lower the injuries and deaths associated with these types of collisions. In addition to the increased enforcement, officers will be distributing a safety pamphlet provided by the City of Tucson Department of Transportation. The pamphlet provides tips for pedestrians and motorists, as well as explanations of the various types of signalized crossings utilized by the City of Tucson. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are encouraged to obey the traffic control devices that provide for our community’s safety.”
TPD has received similar awards recently and at the urging have focused more on riding bikes on the sidewalk, wrong-way riding and motorists failing to stop at crosswalks.
Judging from the release it seems the focus this time around has more to do with pedestrian safety.