PRESS RELEASE – Police Department Awarded Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Grants

Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2016 at 4:03 PM

The Lake Havasu City Police Department was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) DUI Abatement Council to be used for conducting DUI and traffic enforcement operations. This grant provides the Lake Havasu City Police Department the ability to increase DUI enforcement capabilities by assigning personnel on overtime to concentrate on DUI and traffic enforcement activities.

This grant is being used mainly during holiday weekends, to concentrate on DUI and traffic enforcement in an effort to remove or deter impaired drivers from being on the roadway. This makes driving safer for all motorists.

The Lake Havasu City Police Department was also awarded a $40,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to be used for equipment and software to implement a mobile citation and crash investigation module in the patrol vehicles.

These grants became effective October 25, 2016, and will extend through September 30, 2017. 

As part of the grant safety contract, the police department is required to maintain and submit statistics to the GOHS.

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2 comments on “PRESS RELEASE – Police Department Awarded Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Grants”

  1. Steve Reply

    Is this in sync with the “play like you mean it” campaign the City is running?

  2. danceswithskunks Reply

    GOOD! My LEO (law enforcement officer) friend’s Lt. just responded to a head on accident in another state the night before last. A drunk driver hit a young woman head on. He arrived second on the scene to assist the victim – only to find out that it was his own daughter. Fortunately, she only had a concussion and broken wrist with other minor injuries, but it could have been a horrible tragedy for the Lt. to have to deal with right before the holidays.

    A lot of people are injured or killed by drunk or impaired drivers. One thing I’d like to mention is the high amount of complaints I hear about the “snow birds.” I worked for the elderly/terminally ill and I have nothing against the elderly, but they also need to be checked to see if they are able to drive safely.

    Please tell your officers to be safe on the road (and Thank you for your service). I do different volunteer work for law enforcement, and one of the organizations that I work for is Move Over Slow Down / S.H. I. E. L.D. I recently did some research and out of the 125 (number is higher now) LEO fatalities this year alone, according to ODMP – 49 of them were traffic related deaths (ALL types of traffic deaths). This program NEEDS to be advertised. Not only are LEOs, emergency workers and first responders being killed on the road, so are tow truck drivers and construction workers. According to the research I’ve done so far, HUNDREDS of people are killed this way each year. This doesn’t include injuries, many that are permanent and disabling. In fact, a very young LEO at this moment is fighting for his life in Garland, Utah after being hit by a car and I was told “it looks very bad.” It’s sad because so many people have said how friendly and popular he is – but it doesn’t matter if an officer is friendly and popular or not – they are all human and have loved ones. I’m sorry to ramble on about this, but I’m one of the people who has to contact their fellow officers, dispatchers, friends and family members and I can feel their pain over the phone. I try my best to concentrate on the fund raising part of it, but their pain bothers me deeply.

    I hope you start advertising the Move Over Slow Down law here, especially during the holidays. All of our first responders deserve to go home safe and spend happy holidays with their families. If you would like any help with the Move Over Slow Down campaign, please contact me.


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