Safford Police receives nearly $30,000 in safety grants

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: The Safford Police Department has announced grant money awarded by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Contributed Article/Courtesy SPD

SAFFORD – One of the many focuses of the Safford Police Department is to make sure city streets are safe for both motorists and pedestrians. Though not every errant driver can be cited or apprehended, it is the department’s goal to greatly reduce the number of impaired and aggressive drivers from our streets. Without the ongoing assistance from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, this undertaking would be much more difficult.

The AzGOHS recently awarded the Safford Police Department $20,000 in Overtime Funding for DUI and Selective Traffic Enforcement. This funding will be used to carry out comprehensive enforcement specifically targeting DUI, speed, aggressive driver, seatbelt, distracted driver, and child safety violations. An additional $8,037 was awarded for the purchase of two new Portable Breathalyzer Testers (PBT’s), one multi-directional In-Car Radar, and one Pole Mounted Traffic Data Collector. This equipment will benefit Safford Officers in their ongoing enforcement efforts.

In addition to DUI and traffic enforcement, the Safford Police Department will be working with schools and community groups in an effort to increase awareness of the risks and consequences unlawful driving creates. This grant is part of the ongoing cooperative effort that the Safford Police Department values with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and AZGOHS Director Alberto Gutier to fund proactive enforcement in our City.

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS) is the focal point for highway safety issues in Arizona. AZGOHS is a cabinet agency that provides leadership by developing, promoting, and coordinating programs; influencing public and private policy; and increasing public awareness of highway safety. For more information on AzGOHS, go to http://www.azgohs.gov/.

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