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Oro Valley Police deploy extra enforcement along busy roadway

Posted at 4:35 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 09:36:10-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Oro Valley Police Department is ramping up their patrol along a busy roadway as part of their HiVE program.

HiVE or high visibility enforcement is a program that the Oro Valley Police Department started in 2013. The program ran for some time before stopping due to staffing changes.

A recent increase in the number of rear-end collisions and overall distracted driving brought the department to bring back the program.

"We have seen an ever slight uptick in collisions and property damage incidents in those intersections. So, we're bringing back the HIVE in order to curtail that trend that we're seeing right now," said John Teachout, an officer with the department.

Officers working with the program will be patrolling along Oracle Road between Suffolk and Magee Roads in Oro Valley.

Officers will be looking for what they call "crash precursors", things like following too closely behind another car, using a phone while you're driving and overall being distracted.

The deployment of the added officers will be happening both during the morning rush and the evening rush on specific days.