A new grant awarded to the Tucson Police Department will go towards increasing enforcement on city streets through September.

The $20,000 Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enforcement Grant will fund overtime enforcement to catch people who violate laws known to contribute to dangerous collisions.

Officers will look out for: speeding motorists, red-light runners, vehicles failing to stop at crosswalks, school zone violations, jaywalking and bicyclists riding the wrong direction and on sidewalks, a police news release said.

Approximately 30 officer deployments are being planned through September.

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Areas of enforcement were highlighted by the Tucson Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee, the City of Tucson Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Tucson police statistical data.

The grant was awarded by the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety. 

Contact Star reporter Shaq Davis at 573-4218 or sdavis@tucson.com

On Twitter: @ShaqDavis1


Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.