Police grants will fund Cottonwood DUI patrols

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood Police have received $21,000 in grant-in-aid funding for DUI and traffic safety enforcement from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Awarded on Oct. 1, the funds may be used until Sept. 30, 2013.

Cottonwood Police will use $6,000 to fund officers' overtime to conduct Selective Enforcement Patrols (STEP).

STEP grant funding targets a variety of safety-related moving violations and traffic offenses.

The remaining $15,000 will go to fund officers' overtime to conduct more year-round DUI Saturation Patrols and checkpoints.

The goal of the selective enforcement and DUI patrols to locate violators of the law but to also increase public awareness and remind motorists of traffic laws, which serve a purpose to reduce and prevent vehicle accidents and fatalities.

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