Sierra Vista PD receives grant for DUI enforcement efforts


The Sierra Vista Police Department will use its grant to cover the purchase of portable breath testers.   File photo

The Sierra Vista Police Department has received a $26,000 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to aid the department’s DUI enforcement efforts.

The Sierra Vista Police Department will use its grant to cover the purchase of portable breath testers and for overtime costs of impaired driving details. The department will also use the funds for its Covert Underage Buyers (CUB) details, which prevent businesses from selling minors alcohol, as well as for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) victim impact meetings and other DUI efforts.

“The support of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety greatly enhances our ability to reduce impaired driving in the Sierra Vista area through enforcement, education, and awareness efforts,” Sierra Vista Police Department DUI Task Force Coordinator Cpl. Tim Wachtel said in a press release. “We look forward to working with Director Gutier and his office in the upcoming year by continuing to conduct scheduled DUI enforcement events throughout Cochise County in conjunction with the Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force."

The Sierra Police Vista Police Department recently participated in the statewide Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Public Safety Days at the Arizona State Fair. The department, along with other state law enforcement, correctional officers, fire fighters, state agency personnel and volunteer organizations promoted highway safety during the event.

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