TMC Security Services and the Crime Prevention K9 Unit are dedicated to maintaining a safe community in Southern Arizona. Officers provide the following useful safety information to help you and your family stay safe this summer.
Monsoon driving safety tips
If you’ve lived in Tucson for any length of time, you know the drill. In the late afternoon, dark clouds fill the sky, and the town can be soaked in a matter of minutes. Washes and roadways can resemble small rivers, creating dangerous driving conditions.
▪ Never try to cross flooded roads. Even shallow running water exerts
great pressure and can sweep your car off the road or stall your engine.
Under the Arizona “Stupid Motorist Law,” a driver requiring rescue
from a flooded wash with posted warning signs or gates may be held
responsible for the cost of the water rescue. These drivers may be cited
by law enforcement for numerous charges depending on the incident.
▪ If you’re driving and a find your visibility limited due to heavy rain or
blowing dust, do the following:
∙ Pull off to the right side as far as possible.
∙ Turn off your engine and lights.
∙ Stay inside your vehicle.
∙ Keep your foot off the brake pedal. Drivers may see your lights and
assume you are on the road in motion.
∙ If you approach an intersection with a non-functional traffic signal,
treat it as a four-way stop.
∙ Listen to your car radio for the latest traffic and weather conditions.
Summer safety in vehicles
The TMC Security team encourages people to use extreme caution during the summer’s extreme heat. When temperatures outside reach 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 138 degrees in five minutes! Within 15 minutes, it can reach 150 degrees, even with a window partially open.
In these conditions, children and pets can die in a matter of minutes. Infants and small children are particularly vulnerable; the younger the child, the faster the onset of heat stroke and dehydration. In 2012, at least 37 heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles were reported nationwide. So far this year, 21 children have died in hot vehicles. Follow this advice to make sure your loved ones don’t succumb to the summer sizzle.
∙ Simply do not leave kids in the car.
∙ Secure your car keys so children don’t have access to them.
∙ Warn your children about playing in the car by themselves without
∙ Get your kids out of the car first, and then worry about bringing in
∙ Ask your child’s day care provider about their plan to make sure kids
are not left in the provider’s car or van.
∙ Never take your dog with you to run errands in which you plan on
leaving him/her in the car – even for a few minutes.