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Highway safety grant covers speed signs, overtime
Signs to be placed near certain schools

Chino Valley will place these type of signs in areas around Del Rio Elementary School and Heritage Middle School. (Max Efrein/Review)

Chino Valley will place these type of signs in areas around Del Rio Elementary School and Heritage Middle School. (Max Efrein/Review)

The Chino Valley Police Department has been awarded a grant for federal fiscal year 2019 due to a continued partnership between the department and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, according to a news release from Lt. Randy Chapman.

The Office of Highway Safety leads the way for highway safety issues in Arizona and provides leadership by developing, promoting and coordinating programs to influence public and private policy by increasing public awareness of highway safety issues. According to statistics from the office, in 2017, there were 1,289,550 traffic stops, 27,655 DUI arrests made and 18,026 criminal speed and reckless driving citations issued.

The $24,300 in grant money will allow the CVPD to purchase equipment and pay for overtime for officers, allowing for participation in impaired-driver and traffic enforcement details. That equipment includes three solar-powered speed display signs, which will be placed in the areas surrounding Del Rio Elementary School and Heritage Middle School.

“These signs will alert drivers that they are approaching a school zone and display their speed,” the release states. “This grant also provides funding for officer overtime to staff impaired driving and speed enforcement details in our community.”

Speed display signs are nothing new to Yavapai County. In September, two devices were placed on Glassford Hill Road, also acquired through a grant from the Office of Highway Safety, and the City of Prescott has been using them for several years. They serve to alert drivers of their speed and allow for data collection in the form of speeds, date and time.

Additionally, CVPD is seeking input from members of the community, “asking the public to report areas they feel additional traffic enforcement is needed.”

Reports concerning the area of concern, the time it’s occurring and vehicle information available can be made to the department’s civilian officers at 928-636-4223 ext. 2.

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