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PCSO Receives Grant Funding for Speed and DUI Enforcement
 
Posted: 11/20/2013 12:00 AM
 
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded an $85,000 grant by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to work speed and DUI enforcement throughout the county. This grant funding will allow our office to continue with the same aggressive enforcement/public education efforts which have helped reduce speed, alcohol, and or drug impaired driving fatalities and collisions.

During 2012, our office investigated 3,463 motor vehicle collisions. During those collisions, 52 people lost their lives and another 1,123 were injured. On average across Arizona 2.25 people are killed each day in motor vehicle collisions. Almost 34 percent of the fatal collisions in Pinal County involved alcohol and or drug impaired drivers while the national average is at 50 percent. Each year, nearly300 people are killed on Arizona’s roadways as the result of alcohol and drug-impaired crashes – a staggering 10,000 deaths nationally each year.

While we are far below the national average of fatal collisions involving alcohol and drug impaired drivers we want to continue to reduce the numbers through high visibility enforcement, zero tolerance enforcement as well as impaired driver education.

During 2009 Sheriff Babeu created a Traffic Enforcement Unit on specially equipped motorcycles to work speed and impaired driving enforcement throughout Pinal County. Not only does our motor unit work speed and DUI enforcement but they also investigate serious injury/fatal collisions and teach driver safety classes in various schools throughout the county. PCSO is also the coordinating agency for the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force which is out in force every month and during every holiday.

During 2012, our Traffic Unit had a record setting year related to DUI arrests as they removed 541 impaired drivers from our roadways. They year, they are on track to increase that amount by an additional 24%. Drug impaired driving arrests have also increased by over 875%.

Excessive Speed Grant: $25,000.00 for overtime.

This funding will be used to conduct speed enforcement details throughout the county including school zones.

DUI Enforcement Grant: $60,000.00 for Overtime

This funding will be used to conduct monthly DUI saturation patrols in cooperation with Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force and hosting multi-agency events throughout Pinal County.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Our office is working hard to reduce motor vehicle accidents across the county. Motorists are reminded to obey the traffic laws, don’t speed, and if you choose to drink ensure you have a designated driver planned in advance. Alberto Gutier from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has been our partner in this effort and I would like to thank him for the additional funding and support. Working together we can all make our roadways safer.”
Public Information Officer

Tim Gaffney
520.705.8124
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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