Scottsdale police have stepped up traffic patrols on the northern stretch of Scottsdale Road and on Pima Road to reduce fatalities on the busy and deadly routes.
Police are concentrating on north Scottsdale because eight people have died this year on these two roads.
This year, 15 of 18 traffic deaths were in District 3, which covers the far north part of Scottsdale. "The underlying goal is to bring attention to people's driving habits," said Cmdr. Sean Duggan. "This is not an overt operation."
The effort will continue for several more weeks. The focus is on Scottsdale Road from Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard to the Carefree Highway, which carries 60,000 cars a day.
Patrols here have generated 150 citations, 25 traffic-related arrests and 84 warnings since Dec. 13, Duggan said.
Police also are focusing on Pima from Princess Drive to Stagecoach Pass, which has 50,000 cars a day. Police have cited more than 500 drivers on this road as part of the extra enforcement.
The campaign includes commercial truck inspections to ensure they are safe. Police will work with city traffic engineers in the next few months to see how effective the effort is.