The Chandler Police Department has received a $172,735 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to fund numerous traffic safety related programs for the period beginning October 27, 2016, through September 30, 2017.
- The Department’s Traffic Unit will use $16,500 of this grant to fund two civilian motorcycle training courses. These courses are designed to educate the public on the safe operation of a motorcycle and will be administered and facilitated by members of the Department’s Traffic Unit. The first course covered by this grant will occur on Saturday, December 10, 2016, in the parking lot of Hamilton High School located at 3700 S. Arizona Ave.
- $20,000 will fund the Know Your Limit educational awareness program. This program, facilitated by the Department’s Traffic Unit, is a non-enforcement program designed to educate the public on the effects alcohol has on an individual’s blood alcohol level and is offered throughout the year at City sponsored events.
- The Department’s Forensic Services Section will utilize $11,985 of this grant towards the purchase of a blood evidence refrigerator and to fund training.
- $45,000 will fund officer overtime to work DUI enforcement during select times of the year when impaired driving increases. Officers selected under this funding are specially trained in DUI detection methods, which includes the detection of illicit and prescription drugs ingested into the human body.
- The Department’s Traffic Unit will use $25,000 to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws. During select times of the year, officers from the Traffic Unit will increase enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law!
- $2,000 will be used to fund phlebotomy supplies, which are used to support the Department’s DUI enforcement program.
- Finally, the Department will utilize $52,250 to fund one fully equipped police vehicle for the Department’s DUI enforcement squad for enforcement of DUI and other roadway impairment. Officers in this squad are specially trained in the detection of roadway impairment due to excessive alcohol consumption or use of illicit or excessive prescription drugs.
Please remember to always wear your seatbelt and designate a driver when alcohol consumption is part of your plans.