Major traffic issues at Tucson schools are causing safety concerns

Credit: KGUN, Tucson, AZ
Published on August 20, 2019 - Duration: 01:39s

Major traffic issues at Tucson schools are causing safety concerns

Tucson Police get complaints every year, but this year, they say they're getting even more.

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Major traffic issues at Tucson schools are causing safety concerns

TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AT SOME TUCSONSCHOOLS.THE SCHOOL YEAR JUST STARTED --BUT DURING DROP OFF -- AND PICKUP TIMES -- IT CAN BE CHAOS.TUCSON POLICE GET COMPLAINTSEVERY YEAR.BUT THIS YEAR -- THEY SAYTHEY'RE GETTING EVEN MORE -- ANDTHE CONGESTION IS CREATINGSAFETY CONCERNS.IN TONIGHT'S OPERATION SAFEROADS REPORT -- NINE ON YOURSIDE'S NATALIE TARANGIOLI JOINSUS.NATALIE -- WE FIRST GOT WORDABOUT PROBLEMS AT RINCON.PAT, VALERIE --DRIVERS ARE PARKING IN REDZONES, DOUBLE PARKED -- EVENSTOPPING IN THE MIDDLE OFTRAFFIC -- OR PARKING IN NEARBYAPARTMENTCOMPLEXES.THAT'S JUST A GLIMPSE OF WHAT WESAW -- WHEN WENT TO RINCONAND UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL ATPICK UP TIME TODAY.TUCSON POLICE SAY THE COMPLAINTSARE THE SAME -- EVERYYEAR.THERE ARE DOZENS OF NO PARKINGSIGNS NEAR RINCON AND UNIVERSITY--BUT DOZENS OF PEOPLE STILL PARKTHERE... AND LET OUT PASSENGERSON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE STREET.ONE DAY LAST WEEK -- IN LESSTHAN AN HOUR -- POLICE ISSUED 35CITATIONS TO DRIVERS.T-P-D SAYS THERE ARE MORE CARS-- THAN PLACES TO PUT CARS.SGT.

MIKE ALLEN, TUCSON POLICE:SOMEBODY'S GOING TO HAVE TOTHINKOUTSIDE THE BOX A LITTLE BIT,BECAUSE WHEN IT LEAVES THESCHOOLAND IT COMES OUT HERE, INTO THESTREETS AND WE HAVE PEOPLECOMPLAINING, IT THEN BECOMES APOLICE ISSUE AND A SAFETY ISSUE.WHICH IS THE ONLY REASON WE'REOUT HERE.WE REACHED OUT TO TUCSON UNIFIEDABOUT THE TRAFFIC ISSUES.

ASPOKESPERSON FOR THE DISTRICTSAYS -- THE MAJORITY OF THECONGESTION HAPPENS BECAUSEPEOPLE PULL OVER IN UNDESIGNATEDAREAS OFF CAMPUS.AND WHILE THE DISTRICT DOES NOTSUPPORT IT -- BECAUSE IT'S OFFSCHOOL GROUNDS -- THE DISTRICTCAN'T CONTROL IT.T-P-D SAYS THEY ARE WILLING TOWORK WITH T-U-S-D TO COME UPWITHSOME SORT OF A SOLUTION.IN THE MEAN TIME -- T-P-DENCOURAGES CARPOOLING, OR TAKINGPUBLICTRANSPORTATION.NATALIE TARANGIOLI KGUN NINE ONYOUR SIDE.

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