KPD returns program aimed at making residential areas safer

With the summer season beginning to hit high gear and the bicycle and foot traffic of children on city streets also rising, the Kingman Police Department is again implementing the Police and Residents Team for Traffic Needs Enforcement Response (PARTTNER) program.

The PARTTNER program aims at increasing traffic patrols in residential areas by the city's four motorcycle officers, KPD Lt.

Ray Sipe said.

The program was first held last summer.

"This is to address residential traffic problems," Sipe said.

"We want to make the summer time safe for kids heading to parks or the pool, or just riding their bikes in the streets."

Officers will again target residential streets in which they receive the most complaints for speeding, reckless driving or running stop signs.

The speed limit through residential areas is 25 mph, he said.

"We encourage people to contact us," he said.

"We have a zero tolerance on speeding."

The more information that is provided, such as a license plate number or vehicle description, the better.

Repeat traffic violators will be especially targeted, Sipe said.

The three full-time and one part-time motorcycle officers will also focus on public relations by contacting with the children in the neighborhood.

Motorcycle officers are used strictly for traffic patrol, freeing other officers to concentrate on more serious crimes, he said.

KPD started the motorcycle patrols three years ago with the loan of one motorcycle from the Lake Havasu City Police Department.

Motorcycles can maneuver through traffic.

Though not a residential street, Sipe said that more traffic accidents - about one-quarter of the non-injury accidents from January through April in 2000 - occurred on Stockton Hill Road, especially between Detroit and Airway avenues.

Residents can report traffic related problems to Sipe at 753-2191.