Summer 2019 District Newsletter
In a continued effort to keep the citizens of Scottsdale safe, Scottsdale Police Officers will be stepping-up enforcement measures to counteract the negative impacts of distracted driving. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill on April 22 that enacted a statewide ban on handheld cellphone use while driving. The ticketing of drivers will not start until Jan. 1, 2021 but officers can issue warnings to drivers immediately. Violating the distracted driving law is a primary offense, which means that officers can pull over drivers for that reason alone.
The law prohibits drivers from any kind of cellphone use while driving - including to talk, text, type or browse social-media sites - unless they are using the device in a hands-free mode.
The following cellphone use is allowed when driving:
- Swiping a phone screen to make or accept a phone call.
- Talking on the phone if using an earpiece, headphone device or device worn on a wrist.
- Using a GPS system.
- Using a handheld cellphone while stopped at a traffic light or stop light.
- Using a handheld cellphone to call 911.
The National Safety Council estimates that one in every four collisions is due to distracted driving. To prevent further tragedies, please put your devices down while driving and concentrate on the important task of getting to your destination safely.
Via Linda District Commander
Alarm school is now online
Did you know that less than one percent of alarm calls that police officers respond to are valid? Responding to false alarms divert police resources and can delay police response to other reports of crime. In an attempt to reduce the amount of false alarms, the city of Scottsdale now offers false alarm awareness information online. Information includes frequently asked questions along with false alarm prevention tips. Once you have reviewed the information, you can take a quiz to test your knowledge and obtain a certificate. The certificate can be used within one year of taking the quiz to waive one service charge. Visit our website for more information.
Animals in Scottsdale
Most people don't realize this, but Scottsdale Police Dispatchers receive all sorts of calls from citizens wondering what to do regarding wild animals, injured animals, animal cruelty and more. Here, we'll provide some of those answers:
Wild Animals: Coyotes, javelina, bobcats and more all are native to the Arizona desert. Sightings of these animals are actually quite frequent. Our best advice is to LEAVE THEM ALONE. You'll see them crossing streets, walking through parking lots and of course, hiking our trails and parks. Unless the animal is actively attacking, officers will not respond.
Snakes: If you find a snake in your house or garage, the Scottsdale Fire Department will remove them for you. Call the Fire Department's non-emergency line at 480-312-8911. How about in your yard? There are volunteer organizations that can relocate them for you. The Fire Department has additional information along with tips on how to keep snakes away from your home.
Lost or Found Pets: Our dispatchers will log it in at our call center. The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) also has tools and suggestions.
Injured Dogs or Cats: Visit the Arizona Humane Society online or call them at 602-997-7585.
Animal Cruelty: If there is a dire situation in which the animal needs emergency assistance (i.e. locked in a car or being beaten), police officers will respond to evaluate the situation. To report suspected abuse, you can use the Arizona Humane Society's online reporting form or call 602-997-7585 ext. 2073.
Monsoon driving safety
As we enter the heart of the monsoon season, it's important to remember some driving tips. The best tip is to avoid driving during or immediately after a major monsoon storm. These storms are often accompanied by flooding, downed trees and traffic signal outages.
If you must be out and you get caught is a dust storm with little to no visibility, pull off the roadway and park until the storm passes. Be sure to keep your foot off the brake. Do not try to cross flooded waters. It only takes a few inches of flood water to sweep away a vehicle. You can be cited if you drive around barriers to try to cross a flooded roadway.
If you are out and come across a traffic hazard, such as a downed tree blocking the roadway or a traffic signal out, you can call the non-emergency police number at 480-312-5000. You should still call 9-1-1 for emergency situations, such as a downed power line or someone trapped in flood waters.
These monsoon storms can lead to dangerous driving conditions. Please consider staying out of the storm if at all possible. If you must be out, use caution while driving on the treacherous roads.
Behind the Badge
Meet one of Scottsdale Police Department's four-legged finest, Castro. Chief Alan Rodbell leads a discussion about the city's K-9 unit and the annual K-9 regional competition that was held at Scottsdale Stadium.
To watch previous episodes of Behind the Badge, just visit the SPD YouTube page.
Electronics Recycling Collection Day
Recycle your old electronics equipment, including computers, TVs and phones. Our next electronics recycling event will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the North Corp Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive.
Find out all the items that can be recycled.