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Thu, Oct. 17

PV police get two new highway safety grants

Two new grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) have been extended to the Prescott Valley Police Department and both promise to improve safety on our streets and highways.

The first grant is designated for overtime and equipment, which makes it possible to place traffic officers in areas where most crashes occur and where violations are most dangerous. Due to normal calls for service, it is often difficult to staff these types of selective enforcement. This grant, in the amount of $25,521, will be designated strictly to this mission of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).

In addition to manpower costs, this STEP grant has allowed for the acquisition of two accurate, laser-based, hand-held speed measuring devices also known as LIDAR’s. These units allow officers to pinpoint a vehicle within a larger group of vehicles more easily than with conventional radar and are extremely accurate.

The second grant is designated for driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement. In the amount of $25,711, this funding goes to staffing of DUI task forces, local DUI patrols, underage alcohol consumption and the multiplicity of specific supplies that are required of a successful DUI prosecution such as blood kit tubes, phlebotomy supplies and portable breath testing devices, a news release states.

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