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8:30 AM Tue, Sept. 18th

Chino Valley police awarded grants for DUI, speed enforcement

The Chino Valley Police Department will use money from two grants to buy four new radar units and pay for overtime for officers working DUI and speed enforcement details.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety awarded the police department $34,330 in two separate federally funded non-matching grants for DUI enforcement and speed enforcement, said Sgt. Vince Schaan with the Chino Valley Police Department.

In 2009, Chino Valley police arrested 96 people on charges of DUI alcohol and 26 people on charges of DUI drugs.

The DUI grants, which can be used between now and September 2011, help police fight the high cost of DUIs in terms of money, criminal and human consequences, Schaan said.

"We continue to urge citizens to have a designated driver or to call a cab whenever they consume alcohol," Schaan said.

Chino Valley police will begin selective speed enforcement at various locations throughout the town, set up DUI checkpoints, and do saturation patrols with the grant money, Schaan said.

If residents know of areas that could use enhanced traffic enforcement because of problems, they should call Motor Officer Tim Kittel at the Chino Valley Police Department at (928) 636-4223.