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UAPD stepping up enforcement to curb traffic accidents

Posted at 5:00 AM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 10:28:13-04

The beginning of the school year is the most dangerous time for pedestrian and cyclists at the University of Arizona. 

The University of Arizona Police Department is stepping up enforcement to stop the usual spike in traffic accidents. 

Starting at 7 a.m. on Monday morning officers will be out in much higher numbers at the busiest intersections to educate people about traffic laws around the U of A, most importantly the 20 mile an hour speed limit. 

UAPD says more accidents happen in the beginning of the school year because there are so many people new to the area. 









Police say the extra enforcement this week is not necessarily all about handing out tickets. 

"We're really just trying to be visible, let people know we're there. Everyone knows when you're driving down the street and you see a motorcycle officer, you need to slow down, so that's what we're doing. Our enforcement can be just our presence," Sgt. Filbert Barrera of UAPD told KGUN9. 

In the last two weeks, UAPD reports show that around 15 percent of their incidents reported are traffic related.

Officers will be at these specific intersections to educate the public about the rules of the road: 
Cherry Avenue & University Boulevard 
Fourth Street & Highland Avenue
Second Street & Highland Avenue
Second Street and & Olive Street
The pedestrian tunnels at Warren Avenue
Highland Avenue and Olive Street
Sixth Street between Warren Avenue and Tyndall Avenue.
UAPD said Campbell and Speedway see the most accidents, but the smaller roads have more issues with cyclists and pedestrians.
The extra enforcement will start Monday September 12th and last until Friday September 16th. Officers will be out from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the morning and 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the afternoon.