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UA classes begin today

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Classes begin today at the University of Arizona. 

University officials estimate about 41,800 undergrad and graduate students are enrolled for the academic year. Preliminary numbers show an estimated 7,800 of them are freshman. That's up from about 7,200 last year.

This year's freshman class is also projected to be the most diverse class in school history at about 41.4 percent.

The UA's new tobacco ban policy also goes into effect today. It's all in an effort to make U of A a healthier campus.

Most tobacco products are prohibited inside and outside of buildings. This also includes tailgates.

The new policy excludes e-cigarettes for now. It also doesn't apply to personal vehicles.

If smokers want to light up, they'll have to do so off campus or inside of their car. 

For more information on U of A's tobacco ban policy and how the university plans to enforce it, visit: http://policy.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/Tobacco-Free.pdf

Extra traffic is also expected on campus today. Campus police want to remind drivers, pedestrians, and bikers to be careful, especially near 2nd Street and Olive Road which is lined with residence halls, academic buildings, and a tunnel to a parking garage.  

“It's a very congested area for a couple of reasons,” said UAPD Sgt. Filbert Barrera. “During the day, usually on the hour, we have an influx of a couple hundred pedestrians, 300-500 of them coming and going in this area.”

“Besides getting hurt and injured, you can get a ticket,” added Barrera. “You can get a citation for failure to obey a traffic control device, you can get a ticket for jay walking, walking between street signs without a crosswalk.”

Barrera said the fines can range from $100 to a couple hundred of dollars.  There will be motorcycle police officers stationed near 2nd Street and Olive for the first two weeks of classes at the U of A.  

UA students and faculty can also sign up to ride the streetcar for free, but remember this is for a limited time only. Click the link for more info: https://ridesunlinkfree.secure.arizona.edu/

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