TUCSON, Ariz — Over the last several weeks, KGUN 9's Operation Safe Roads has received emails and calls regarding a number of vehicles speeding and following too close on a newly constructed stretch of Wilmot from the State Prison Complex south to Sahuarita Road.
One area resident, Royce Conner told us in addition to many cars driving at 70-80 MPH along Wilmot, he's seen many others following too closely to vehicles that are driving the posted speed limit of 50 MPH.
County Supervisor Steve Christy's office has also received several complaints like ours.
Last week, KGUN9's Big Al rode along with Christy along Wilmot to get a first-hand look at the issue. Both were surprised at the number of speeders, driving at 70 MPH speeds and tailgating the supervisor's vehicle, wanting to pass in a no-passing zone.
Christy believed PCSD would be interested in knowing about what happened to him while we were shooting this story and followed up with them about his experience.
We also contacted PCSD and asked Deputy Jim Allerton if they've been made aware of the frequency of issues along Wilmot. He acknowledged Wilmot has recently been identified as a "problem area" and several traffic units have been dispatched since their office was contacted. Wilmot is split between two of their enforcement districts. Allerton says they'll continue with an increased traffic presence.
Allerton added that when high-profile enforcement is used on most roadways, word gets out and it has a calming effect with a temporary reduction in speeding violations.
We also followed up with Conner, who said he's now seeing multiple drivers receiving tickets over the last several days as he travels on Wilmot.
Pima County DOT completed the southern extension of Wilmot Road last year, which serves as an additional option for travel between I-10, Corona de Tucson and the town of Sahuarita.