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Prescott police will use grants for increased DUI, speed enforcement

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety recently awarded the Prescott Police Department two grants totaling $38,150 that they will use for increased DUI and speed enforcement.

Prescott police will use the grants to pay officers overtime for DUI and speed enforcement, continue educational presentations, and buy more portable breath tests, phlebotomy supplies for blood draws, other DUI equipment, and a laser unit to measure speed, said Sgt. Tim Fletcher, traffic section supervisor with the Prescott Police Department.

"The portable breath tests are for patrol to increase their ability to detect DUI," Fletcher said. "The laser unit will help us better pick out an individual car's speed."

The grant will also help Prescott police officers continue to make presentations on drugs, speed, and other topics to local schools and community groups, as well as participate with DUI victims in impact panels for adults and juveniles who have been charged with DUI or minors in possession of alcohol, Fletcher said.

The Prescott Police Department will also use the grants to conduct an enhanced DUI enforcement detail each month through September 2011, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

Prescott police ask drivers to make responsible choices and to drive safely so that DUI arrests continue to decrease, Reinhardt said.

DUI arrests declined 25 percent from 359 between October 2008 and Octctober 2009 to 266 from October 2009 to October 2010, Reinhardt said.

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