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Chino Valley police receive grants for equipment, overtime

The Chino Valley Police Department will use two grants from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety totaling $13,286 for overtime and to buy handheld radar devices and portable breath testers, said Chino Valley Police Commander Mark Garcia.

The new handheld laser radar speed detection device will be used to increase speed enforcement efforts on Highway 89, Garcia said.

Overtime funds will allow additional officers to take part in impaired driver saturation patrols with the Tri-City DUI Task Force, Garcia said.

New portable breath testers will replace outdated, nonfunctioning equipment to help officers investigating DUI and alcohol violations, Garcia said.

These grants will help Chino Valley police enforce laws on impaired driving, occupant protection and speeding to reduce vehicle-related injuries and fatalities on Chino Valley roads, Garcia said. The grants required no matching funds from the Town of Chino Valley, Garcia said.

The Chino Valley Police Department appreciates the close partnership with the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety and Director Alberto Gutier, which makes this funding possible, Garcia said.

As the holiday season approaches, Chino Valley police would like to remind people who consume drugs or alcohol to use a sober designated driver or taxi, Garcia said.

The consequences of a first-time DUI conviction include roughly $1,800 in fines, a 90-day mandatory license suspension, a mandatory vehicle ignition interlock device, and the possibility of up to 10 days in jail, Garcia said.

An arrest for extreme DUI, with a breath alcohol concentration above 0.15, carries an even higher penalty, Garcia said.

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