Governor's Office of Highway Safety awards three grants to the Prescott Valley Police Department
Three grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) have been extended to the Prescott Valley Police Department and all three promote improved 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 concerning. Due to normal calls for service, it is often difficult to staff these types of selective enforcement. This grant, in the amount of $25,000, will be designated strictly to this mission of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).
In addition to workforce costs, this STEP grant has allowed for the placement of electronic speed display systems in high traffic areas to help reduce speeding through voluntary compliance and driver education. The STEP grant will also enable one targeted traffic detail per quarter with the goal of reducing fatal crashes to zero, reducing non-injury as well as injury collision rates by 5 percent.
The second grant is designated for DUI enforcement in the amount of $28,000. This funding will be applied to staffing of DUI patrols, Know Your Limit, Education and a DUI Command Post that accompanies DUI saturation patrols. Additionally, these funds will enable the acquisition of five portable breath testing devices to be used during DUI enforcement as well as public education such as Know Your Limit. Overtime DUI patrols will be deployed during holidays and special events in Prescott Valley with the overall goal of reducing DUI related crashes and participation in driver impairment education.
The third grant will focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety and is awarded in the amount of $9,653. The goal will be to reduce collisions involving pedestrians or bicycles and motor vehicles. This grant will provide for staffing of personnel to host bicycle and pedestrian safety events, enforce crosswalk violations, and provide safety equipment such as pedestrian reflectors, bicycle helmets, and lights to help keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe. The Prescott Valley Police Department will conduct numerous safety and educational events targeting all ages from children to seniors through the year.
Analysis of prior grant funding has proven that the ability to allow officers to focus on a specific issue of concern translates to remarkably effective results, which we look forward to continuing in the years to come. GOHS grants such as these are very effective tools in keeping our streets and highways safe.
• Remember: If you observe reckless or impaired driving contact law enforcement immediately.
The Prescott Valley Police Department would like to thank the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for partnering with us to improve the safety of the roadways in and around Prescott Valley.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.