|The Salt River Police Department (SRPD) was recently awarded $111,800 in grant funds from Director Alberto Gutier and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The funds will assist the SRPD in increasing its ability to detect impaired drivers and enforce traffic laws pertaining to aggressive driving, speeding, racing and red-light running. Additionally, the SRPD will work to increase awareness about the dangers of impaired driving and speed in an attempt to reduce and prevent vehicle collisions on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
The grant funding will be allocated as follows:
• $50,000 for DUI enforcement. This grant will fund overtime pay for more officers on the roadways, enhancing impaired driving/DUI enforcement and education within the Community.
• $47,000 for a DUI enforcement vehicle. This grant will fund a new vehicle specifically designed to blend in with traffic on the roadway and increase the ability to identify impaired drivers and remove them from the roadway.
• $14,800 for speed-detection devices and the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). This grant funds purchase of two handheld lidar (light detection and ranging) speed-measurement tools and overtime pay to increase the number of SRPD officers on the roads.
These grants reflect the SRPD’s commitment to improving roadway safety within the Community. The SRPD encourages everyone in the Community to do their part in making our roadways safe by diligently obeying traffic laws and driving safely.