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Chino Valley police receive grants to help with DUI enforcement

The Chino Valley Police Department will use a new $5,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to set up mini DUI checkpoints and pay for officers' overtime for the checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols.

The mini DUI checkpoints will begin in February and can be easily set up and moved from one place to another in the same evening to provide more widespread enforcement, said Det. Brian Sanders of the Chino Valley Police Department. A 2009 grant which restored and equipped the Chino Valley Police Department's mobile incident command center also made this possible, Sanders said.

These specialty enforcement details are vital to keep people safe, and the Chino Valley Police would like to thank Alberto Gutier, director of the Office of Highway Safety, Sanders said.

Chino Valley police used part of the grants issued in 2010 to take part in a number of DUI task forces and conduct three specialty traffic details that resulted in 53 traffic citations, including seven for seatbelt violations, 24 for speed violations and the remaining 22 for various other violations.

People are encouraged to call motor officer Tim Kittel of the Chino Valley Police Department if they have an area they feel needs additional traffic enforcement.

During the latest DUI taskforce Jan. 14, Chino Valley, Prescott Valley, Prescott police and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office worked together and made 139 traffic stops,10 DUI arrests, two warrant arrests, four minor consumption arrests and issued 116 civil and criminal citations.