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Aug 1, 2014 8:26 PM by Lupita Murillo

School zone patrol tickets speeders and rewards children practicing safe behavior

TUCSON - School is back in session and Pima County Sheriff's Department is out on school zone patrol.


Deputies will be targeting motorists who fail to stop for school buses, speed in school zones, and fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.


But it doesn't stop there, deputies have partnered up with Texas Road House to reward children practicing safe behavior. Deputies with the traffic enforcement unit handed out Certificate of Achievements, it's good for one free kids meal.


On Friday, the Traffic Enforcement Unit made 16 stops, handed out 12 speeding tickets, and arrested one woman who was driving on a suspended license. Her car was impounded.

Jocelyn Martinez walks her little sister to Miller Elementary School every morning. She was given a certificate because she was using the crosswalk. Martinez told News 4 Tucson, "I think it's a good way to support safety and I feel better now that my sister and I can walk the street because I've almost gotten ran over twice on this street."


The Governor's office of Highway Safety gave the sheriff's department a $25,000 grant to increase enforcement in and around school zones for the entire year. Deputy Chief Chris Nanos said, "We have a zero tolerance when it comes to school zone enforcement. We have too much at stake."

So with increased enforcement at schools expect to see a Pima County Sheriff's deputy coming to a school near you

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