After two high school students were injured while jaywalking during their lunch hour last year, the Payson Police Department says they have issued a no tolerance policy for anyone caught jaywalking.
“The Payson Police Department has become aware of a very concerning situation involving our high school students, especially during the lunch hour time frame while school is in session,” said Chief Don Engler.
“The problem is that we have had a considerable amount of jaywalking in several areas throughout the community. The most concerning area is the 100 block of South Beeline Highway.”
Frequently, Payson High School students cross at the Highway 260 and 87 intersections, avoiding the north side crosswalk and preferring the direct route through traffic.
In May, a 15-year-old student was hit while crossing the intersection at lunchtime. The teen was reportedly trying to catch up to a group of friends who had crossed earlier.
Because of this incident and others like it, Engler said the PPD has begun a no tolerance policy with anyone who is jaywalking in that area or any other area of the community.
Officers will patrol the area during lunch periods and issue citations. Warnings will no longer be given.
“The Payson Police request that parents please discuss this fact with your students and ensure that they comply with the law, but more importantly, please ensure that they are safe during their lunch hour,” Engler said.
For more information, call Engler at (928) 474-5242, ex. 224.