May 22

Stay Safe on Vacation

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 9:47 AM by Adam Rosen

This is the time of year when residents begin to think of their summer plans, where to go and what to do. Keep summer safety in mind as you plan so you can enjoy your outings and protect your belongings.

  • Cancel any newspapers or other monthly deliveries. Piled up papers, flyers or packages are a sure sign that you are not home.
  • Do not advertise you are on vacation by posting your activities on social media.  Wait until you return to share the fun. Advise your children to do the same.
  • Disable your GPS applications on your mobile device so your location is not displayed.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor or family member to keep an eye on your house when you are away.  Have them pick up any flyers or packages and ask them to park a vehicle in your driveway if possible.
  • If you are away for an extended period of time, arrange for your landscaping to be maintained.  Large weeds and overgrown grass are another sign that no one is home.
  • Use timers to turn your lights on and off as if someone was home.
  • Disable your garage door opener.
  • Do not store jewelry or keys in predictable places (master bedroom drawer, jewelry box, key hook) or in plain view. If you have high value items, consider a safe deposit box.
  • Double check to make sure all of your doors and windows are closed and locked before you leave. 

The Peoria Police Department wants you to enjoy your summer travels.


May 21

Buckle Up, It's the Law!

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 10:31 AM by Adam Rosen

In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Peoria Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

Arizona presently conducts enforcement under a secondary seat belt law and a primary child safety seat law. The enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

As part of the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law! 

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicles collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state. The enforcement mobilization will run from May 21-June 3.

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45% among children ages 4 to 8 years old.

Funding was provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. 


May 21

Summer Safety Reminders

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 10:05 AM by Adam Rosen

As we head toward the summer break, the Peoria Police Department would like to offer some information and reminders to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer. We encourage parents and guardians to discuss safety and the following items before summer break.  As always, you can contact the Police Department with any questions.

Curfew:

Everyone enjoys being out and about in the evening hours, but please be safe and remember the City of Peoria has a curfew law (Peoria City Code 13-71). Peoria officers will continue to enforce these laws throughout the summer.   The law prohibits teens from being in public during certain hours, seven days a week unless accompanied by a legal guardian. It is also illegal for a parent and/or guardian to allow a minor to be in public during curfew hours.

15 Years and Under: 10 p.m.-5 a.m.

16 – 17 Years Old: Midnight-5 a.m.

Alcohol:

This time of year, we very often see a rise in underage alcohol offenses whether it is at parties or behind the wheel of a car. The Peoria Police Department is committed to the safety of our youth and will continue to aggressively enforce all liquor laws. Please remember that providing alcohol to minors is illegal. It is also illegal to host parties where underage consumption is occurring, and the homeowner can be responsible for any civil actions.

It is illegal for anyone under twenty-one years of age to possess or consume any amount of alcohol. 

All DUI laws also apply to minors and even one drink can result in an arrest.

Driving:

We understand that teens are excited to drive, but please remind your teen that safety is most important!

Give your full attention to driving

Wear your seatbelt

Watch your speed

Do not text or allow any other distractions while driving

Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Together we can ensure a safe and enjoyable summer for everyone in Peoria!