Mayor and Council Preside over City Fatalities Up in 3 out of 4 Categories; Mayor and Council Create Hostile/Stressful Work Environment for Drivers on the FREE CRIME BUS

Mayor and Council Preside over City Fatalities Up in 3 out of 4 Categories;  Mayor and Council Create Hostile/Stressful Work Environment for Drivers on the FREE CRIME BUS

City of Tucson Official Fatalities up year-over-year in 3 out of 4 categories with Pedestrian deaths rising rapidly

Mayor Romero and Council continue to preside over policies resulting in record crime and death in the City of Tucson.  We are on track to have record fatalities in 2023 in all categories.  Last year we saw record pedestrian deaths. The vast majority involved pedestrians being under the influence of fentanyl or a combination of drugs at the time of death. Drugs and alcohol are often factors with the drivers as well.

It took 13 months from the time TCFC met with Mayor Romero, for her and the City Council to finally acknowledge our plea and declare a Fentanyl Emergency in the City of Tucson.  While Mayor and Council focus their efforts on the nice-to-have, FUN projects for them, they have lost focus on core services of enforcing our laws, answering our 911 calls, having enough TPD officers to enforce laws, which is resulting in record fatalities, and a community that is simply not safe to live or do business in. 

We need our elected leaders to focus on public safety instead of pet projects we can't afford like the FREE CRIME BUS. Riders that qualify for financial relief from fares can and should be supported, however there must be accountability. We need the City to place officers or security on every bus to keep our drivers, riders and community safe from the shootings, stabbings, assaults, drug use and the spread of crime around Tucson and surrounding communities.

Mayor Romero and Council by directing TPD to not enforce our laws have created a high stress and hostile work environment for drivers and make the FREE CRIME BUS unsafe for all. 

Last week TCFC was on scene and reported on a confrontation started by a passenger that ended in the arrest of a veteran Sun Tran employee at Grant and Oracle. By many accounts by people at the scene of this incident and on social media, this Sun Tran employee was well known and well liked in the community.  This incident never should have occurred. What we are seeing is likely the result of a Sun Tran driver simply being pushed too far. What led up to this event? How many times has this driver and others put up with physical and verbal abuse that has not been reported. Why are our electeds not giving the voices advocating for a safe bus system the attention they deserve?

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  • Anonymous

    Epic failure from Mayor and Council = Unsafe failed city. Tucson crime rate is far higher than U.S. average.

  • Alvaro

    Ever notice how Homes, Living Wages, Food, Dignity are not discussed by the “The Comfortable” decrying mass homelessness? Ever notice how HOPELESSNESS is never EVER addressed as to the reason for addiction, homelessness, by the “lock em up” Crowd?

  • Anonymous

    Now that it’s cooler driving around town with the windows down and I am constantly smelling skunk weed. So that tells me people are smoking weed while driving and may also be playing a part into the increase of traffic accidents. Has anyone taken that into consideration? And the marijuana these days is MUCH stronger than previous.

  • Mike Carlson

    Thanks again mayor and council nice job you should once again be ashamed of yourselves,you continue to pull our city down to your level.just the other day I had to call 911 due to one of your pets just walking out into oracle road we are now going to demand that the city of tucson produces an insurance certificate accepting liability for these people and there acts,we have them on file for our contractors and subs due to required liability.we would never allow these types of actions .I think every one should start hammering the city of tucson and mayor and council for these certificates we don’t want to be liable and should not even have to worry about these issues while we continue to work harder every day due to the cities carelessness and pathetic failing policies.

  • Janet "JL" Wittenbraker

    Tucson has the power to change the trajectory, but we all need to VOTE. City of Tucson election ballots must be dropped off no later than Tuesday 11/07/2023 @ 7:00 PM, but I say why wait? You can drop off your ballot at any number of the location; please visit the Pima County Recorder’s Office for more information.

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