PCSD gets grant to help stop speeders - Tucson News Now

PCSD gets grant to help stop speeders

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It’s not a new problem that Pima County Sheriff’s Deputies are trying to stop. But, they say, speeding is the most common and dangerous behavior that drivers do.

PCSD has received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program or STEP for short. Deputies say, many residents are concerned about speeders on their streets, endangering other drivers, walkers, and bicyclists.

Members of the traffic unit will be actively enforcing speeding in different areas of the county.

Friday morning, Tucson News Now spent time with Deputy Ryan Roher and three motor officers near Valencia and Littletown. The speed limit in the area goes from 45 to 50 miles an hour.

We made several stops for speeding. Some drivers going 15 miles over the speed limit. Roher said, they look at what causes drivers to speed, like being distracted and that can lead to crashes.

During one of the stops, a deputy smelled what they believed was marijuana on one of the drivers. The driver stepped out of the car and was given a field sobriety test.

At 9:30 a.m. deputies arrested an impaired driver, according to Roher.

The grant will allow deputies to continue STEP from now until May. They will also patrol areas where they receive complaints from the community.

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