UAPD, TPD team up to target speeders near campus

UAPD, TPD team up to target speeders near campus

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Drivers might want to pay extra attention if they plan to drive near the University of Arizona on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Officers with the University of Arizona Police Department and the Tucson Police Department will be out on Speedway Boulevard and Park Avenue, as well as Speedway Boulevard and Mountain Avenue from 7 to 10 a.m. looking for drivers who break the law.

This is part of a new program called Community Awareness through Traffic Safety (CATS).

"This high-visibility education and enforcement program targets intersections within and bordering the University of Arizona campus to reduce collisions and increase safety awareness for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians," UAPD Chief Brian Seastone said in a press release.

In the past few months, UAPD officers have noticed more crashes near campus.

Nearly a dozen motorcycle officers will be at the two locations looking for drivers who are speeding, running stop signs or are distracted behind the wheel.

But they won't be handing out tickets just yet - only warnings.

Police hope that drivers will get the message to slow down and focus on the road.

Another round of deployments is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 30 between 7 and 10 a.m.

For questions about campus safety, contact the UAPD Crime Prevention Unit at 520-621-4219.

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