Paradise Valley police receives DUI, STEP grants

From left is Community Resource Officer Kevin Albert, Chief of Police Peter Wingert, GOHS Director Alberto Gutier, Officer Steve Larsen, Lt. Freeman Carney, Corporal Joe DiVenti and Sgt. Don Blume. This photo was taken in front of Kiva Elementary School on east McDonald Drive where officers will spend some time enforcing the school zone speed limit. (photo by Andrea Ford)

From left is Community Resource Officer Kevin Albert, Chief of Police Peter Wingert, GOHS Director Alberto Gutier, Officer Steve Larsen, Lt. Freeman Carney, Corporal Joe DiVenti and Sgt. Don Blume. This photo was taken in front of Kiva Elementary School on east McDonald Drive where officers will spend some time enforcing the school zone speed limit. (photo by Andrea Ford)

On Feb. 11, the Paradise Valley Police Department welcomed the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Alberto Gutier to receive two grants: a driving under the influence enforcement grant, and special traffic enforcement program grant.

Both grants totaled $25,000, according to a press release.

The first grant, DUI enforcement, recently took effect. A schedule has been implemented and officers can sign up for this detail.

Aside from keeping everybody safe on Arizona roads, the costs associated with a DUI in Arizona are some of the highest in the nation, the release stated. Average costs and fees for a typical drunk driving case in Arizona are as follows:

  • Bail: $200-$5,000
  • DUI Attorney Fees: $1,000-$10,000
  • Court Costs: $25-$1,500
  • DUI Fines: $1,600 for the first offense; increases after that
  • DUI classes in alcohol and education: $500
  • Mandatory incarceration of at least 24 hours
  • A 90 day suspension of your driver’s license
  • Possible requirement of an ignition interlock device: $1,000
  • Auto insurance rate hike: $3,000 additional per year for three years

The STEP grant is for aggressive drivers, school zone speed enforcement, stopped school bus violators and other dangerous driving behaviors, the release stated.

Paradise Valley has seen an increase in the last four years in vehicles traveling 20 miles or more over the posted speed limit. In an effort to thwart that behavior, officers will be assigned in areas that are common to drivers violating the speed limit.

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