The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is beefing up traffic enforcement around Mountain View High School.

The action is in response to a fatal traffic incident following a graduation ceremony in May. An elderly woman in a wheelchair was killed and her adult son was seriously injured when they were hit by a vehicle while crossing the street near the high school at 3901 W. Linda Vista Boulevard at North Thornydale Road.

“This incident stands out in many people’s minds when they think of the traffic situation at Mountain View High School,” Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, spokesman for the sheriff’s department, said in a news release.

“There have been several other incidents over the years that have occurred on the roads surrounding Mountain View High School. The same two concerns are still being brought to our attention. People parking in no-parking zones along Linda Vista, and people not using the designated crosswalks, create major hazards,” he said.

In an attempt to prevent future tragedies, the sheriff’s department is assigning several patrol units to increase the presence of law enforcement in this area.

“Through a combination of education efforts along with enforcement, we hope to change this unsafe behavior.” Bañuelos said.

Kimberly Matas