The Prescott Valley Police Department reminds drivers how easy it is for an accident to happen, especially when drivers don’t pay adequate attention. This week the Prescott Valley Police Chief, Bryan Jarrell, while enroute to work, was following a car approaching an intersection. The crosswalk was occupied by a student on a bicycle on his way to Bradshaw Mountain High School. The vehicle made a right turn causing the bicyclist to swerve to keep from being hit by the car. Due to the severity of the violation, the police chief initiated his emergency equipment and made a traffic stop and issued a traffic citation to the driver. When contacted, the driver stated she did not see the bicyclist in the crosswalk.
This type of driving is even more critical when the driving conditions are adverse due to rainy weather. Chief Jarrell says: “It is imperative that motorists be attentive when driving in any situation. Far too many traffic crashes occur in the quad-city area between motorists and bicyclists or pedestrians; in many of those instances, the pedestrian or bicyclist had the right-of-way. Law enforcement places a significant importance on the safety of all our residents, and will enforce violations of the law to ensure that goal.”
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.