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4:16 AM Thu, Nov. 22nd

Increased traffic enforcement planned for Labor Day weekend

Prescott Police and Department of Public Safety officers give out tickets as law enforcement from Prescott, Prescott Valley and the Arizona Department of Public Safety conduct a saturation patrol on Highway 69. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Prescott Police and Department of Public Safety officers give out tickets as law enforcement from Prescott, Prescott Valley and the Arizona Department of Public Safety conduct a saturation patrol on Highway 69. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

This Labor Day weekend, local police will be out in force conducting DUI and seat belt enforcement.

Spanning the Quad Cities, the multi-agency effort is a way to continue support for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety DUI Traffic Enforcement Program, which has provided funding to departments for overtime patrols during holiday weekends, according to police officials.

For the Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD), the additional police presence began Friday, Aug. 31, and will continue through Monday, Sept. 3.

A multi-agency command post will also be set up at the west end of East 1st Street in Prescott Valley during nighttime hours.

“The objective of the enforcement program is to reduce the number of car crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities through increased, highly visible enforcement,” PVPD spokesperson Jerry Ferguson said.

“Police will focus on occupant restraint, impaired driving, speeding and pedestrian safety.”

In Prescott Valley, efforts will be focused along Highway 69, “as this is one of the busiest corridors in the quad-city area,” Ferguson said.

Other area agencies will be conducting similar enforcement strategies for the duration of the holiday weekend.

In Prescott, “Major streets and the downtown areas will receive extra enforcement attention,” said Dave Fuller, Prescott Police Department spokesperson.

In Chino Valley, police will be watching Highway 89 “a little closer as we generally get a bunch of pass-through traffic,” said Chino Valley Police Department spokesperson Vince Schaan. “But we also will focus on our main side roads as many locals take these roads to avoid the highway.”

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) will also have extra patrols throughout the weekend, said YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn.

However, areas of focus have not been released.

“We normally do not announce the patrol area ahead of time,” D’Evelyn said.

Police encourage anyone who suspects DUI, reckless or unsafe driving to report the activity to their local law enforcement agency.

To do so, the following non-emergency numbers can be called:

• Prescott Police: 928-445-3131

• Prescott Valley Police: 928-772-9267

• Chino Valley Police: 928-636-4223

• Yavapai County Sheriff: 928-771-3260

• For all emergencies, call 911.

“Don’t start the fall with a court date, a citation or in jail,” Schaan said. “Obey the law and have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.”