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Sheriff's Office awarded over $48,000 by state

PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has been awarded over $48,000 by the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

The money is used in three programs, he said:

• $11,269 for the purchase of 2 radar speed signs. These signs are post-mounted and placed on a designated roadway shoulder to show drivers their speed. They're currently in place on Highway 69 in Yarnell for both directions of travel.

• $7000 is designated to pay overtime and employee related expenses to conduct 230 hours of speed and red-light enforcement details.

• Impaired driver and DUI alcohol enforcement is a priority for the Sheriff's Office, and YCSO received $30,000 from GOHS for these efforts. Deputies will conduct high-intensity DUI Enforcement Operations during holiday weekends and special community events.

"For example, deputies arrested 11 DUI drivers over recent the 4th of July weekend," D'Evelyn said. "Although numerous special patrols will be scheduled thanks to this funding from GOHS, the Sheriff's Office wants to remind everyone that DUI enforcement is a year-around focus."

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