Safford Police receive overtime grant to battle unsafe drivers

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SAFFORD – The Safford Police Department has announced it has been awarded two grants from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS) to battle unsafe drivers.

The first grant awards the SPD $10,000 in overtime funding for DUI/impaired driving enforcement. An additional $914 was awarded for the purchase of new portable breathalyzer testers.

A second $10,000 grant for overtime funding will be used in the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program.

“The funding will make it possible for the Safford Police Department to place additional officers on our streets and highways to enforce traffic violations such as aggressive driving, speeders, red-light violations, distracted drivers, seatbelt, child-restraint, and other related concerns,” a release from the SPD stated.

“Though times are challenging, it is the goal of the Safford Police Department to once again begin working with our schools, community groups, and media to increase awareness of the risks and consequences unlawful driving creates. The Safford Police Department is committed to the safety of our motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. We extend our appreciation and gratitude to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and to AZGOHS Director Alberto Gutier for their ongoing support of our law enforcement officers and their commitment to safety.”

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