Joint traffic safety campaign off to a strong start

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Sierra Vista, AZ.  06/27/16.  The Sierra Vista Police Department joined forces with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety on Thursday, June 23, to conduct the first of several traffic enforcement details designed to make our roadways safer.

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, nine troopers, officers, and deputies focused their attention on the Highway 92 corridor from Fry Boulevard to Hereford Road in the Sierra Vista area. During that three hour period, they made 42 traffic stops and documented 55 traffic violations.

“It can be difficult for our patrol officers to conduct proactive traffic enforcement while also responding to calls and accidents,” Sierra Vista Police Department Cmdr. Lawrence Boutte says. “By partnering with DPS and the sheriff’s office, we’re able to pool our resources and curb some of the most common traffic violations that often contribute to dangerous collisions.”

This was the first in a series of deployments the agencies will carry out as part of the new traffic safety campaign. Each deployment will focus on roadways that have the highest incidence of crashes and on traffic violations that most often contribute to collisions. Targeted violations include inattention, following too closely, failure to yield when turning at intersections, failure to obey traffic control lights, unsafe lane changes, speeding, and stop sign violations.