Mesa Police Conduct Intensive Traffic Enforcement As School Begins

August 5, 2010

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 begin the morning of August 11, 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 have a "zero tolerance" policy during this enforcement period.

Back to school often means that there are more children walking and biking in our neighborhoods and on our roads. Younger children often have limited experience with traffic safety and often lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. The Mesa Police Department encourages parents of school-age children to talk with them about traffic safety, to ensure they are aware of the safest route to and from school, including the proper use of crosswalks.

The Mesa Police Department would like to remind residents and visitors who navigate Mesa's roadways to make an extra effort to be safe while driving. Please be on the lookout for children on their way to and from school, to make it possible for all to arrive at their final destination safely.



Mesa Police Department
Media Relations Office

PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

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