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UAPD traffic safety program issues 99 warnings in March

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Heather Newberry | The Daily Wildcat

Officer Moreno of the Tucson Police Department looks on over the Tucsonans Against Racism Protest and Rally on Congress Street in downtown Tucson on Aug. 22, 2017.  CATS is a traffic initiative that was launched by UAPD at the beginning of 2017 with the intention of altering driver, pedestrian and bicyclist behavior 

The Community Awareness through Traffic Safety program run by University of Arizona Police Department released results for the month of March recently. 

CATS is a traffic initiative that was launched by UAPD at the beginning of 2017 with the intention of altering driver, pedestrian and bicyclist behavior in and around the UA campus. The programs overall goal is to make the campus a safer place. 

Rene Hernandez, public information officer for UAPD, said that they have received good feedback from the program.

“We have had people approach us and say that they actually now really do pay attention to the traffic laws,” he said.  

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During the programs implementation in March, 99 warnings were given, 13 citations were handed down and one car had to be impounded, as the driver was driving on a suspended license.

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CATS is usually held twice a month, with one day focused on traffic on Speedway Boulevard between Euclid Avenue and Campbell avenue. The other is for Sixth Street with the same streets marking the stretch. 

Hernandez said that the most common mistakes civilians make are speeding and not obeying posted signs. 

The programs is usually implemented during the second and last week of each month, but press releases are sent out a week in advance to remind media and drivers. 

“We want to alter people’s behaviors and make them better drivers for the University but also for the city of Tucson,” Hernandez said.


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