Mesa Police Conduct Intensive Traffic Enforcement As School Begins

August 7, 2009

In an effort to increase public awareness and keep children safe as the school year returns, the Mesa Police Department will target school zones and surrounding areas with saturated patrols. The increased patrols will start on the morning of August 12th, which is the first day of classes for Mesa schools. The intensive enforcement will continue through the first two weeks of classes. While traffic enforcement is a year-round priority for the Mesa Police Department, these high profile areas will be heavily patrolled during this two-week period. Our focus during this enforcement period is two-fold: The safety of the school children in our communities and education of the motoring public. Mesa police officers will take a "zero-tolerance" policy during this enforcement period.

“Going back to school is an exciting time for children and I want to remind Mesa residents and drivers especially to be on the lookout for children on their way to and from school.” Mayor Scott Smith said. “Safety is our number one priority for children in Mesa so please be careful not only in school zones but also in our neighborhoods.”

A few miles over the posted speed limit can cost a driver hundreds of dollars. More importantly, a few miles over the speed limit could cost a child his or her life. Drivers should also be aware a school zone is a no passing zone at any speed. The Mesa Police Department encourages parents of school- age children to talk with them about traffic safety. Ensuring they are aware of the safest route to and from school, including the proper usage of crosswalks. Drivers and students alike should remember to be aware and be safe as we begin a new school session. 



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PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

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