Pinal County Sheriff hands out warning instead of citations

Posted at 12:29 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 22:38:19-04

As the shadows of the rising sun cast across Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, Sheriff Mark Lamb is on the hunt. 

“I’ve never been one to write tickets,” said Sheriff Lamb.

“We’ve created a pamphlet where we go out and we’re giving warnings today along with the pamphlet.”

Just seconds into cruising the area’s main artery, the Sheriff goes to work.

Doing 55 miles per hour in a 45 would normally land you a hefty fine, but not on this day. 

“Today what we’re doing is just giving warnings, we want to make people aware of how important it is to follow the traffic rules,” said Sheriff Lamb to a driver. 

Rules that could have saved the lives of the 56 people who lost theirs on Pinal County roads last year. 

He says one of the major issues is Ironwood road. An area notorious for heavy traffic and speeders. 

“We’ve got a pamphlet here that talks about how many accidents we’ve had, how many deaths we’ve had and what a ticket costs,” said Sheriff Lamb to another driver. 

Costs these drivers won’t face today. A delightful relief as you can imagine.

“I thought oh no...I’m going to have to tell my wife I got another ticket and she’s gonna kick my butt so I appreciate the break very much,” said one driver. 

And Sheriff Lamb says its breaks like these that endear the community to its officers.

Giving them an opportunity to break the silence when it comes to the dangers we face every day.