MPD receives 2 traffic grants

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Speed radar on SR 347, near MLK Blvd. [Brian Petersheim Jr.]

Maricopa Police Department received grants for DUI and traffic enforcement to use next year. 

The department was notified yesterday it will receive two grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the fiscal year 2024. 

The first of two grants will give MPD $21,500 toward enforcing DUI laws in the city. It will give MPD the resources to conduct additional DUI enforcement details and training for officers. 

The second grant will give MPD $53,500 toward speed and traffic enforcement. It will be used to conduct more stops as a part of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, to educate drivers about traffic laws and share safety tips, the department said. 

The STEP model is a deterrence program designed to maintain positive driving behavior, public awareness and law enforcement engagement, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

The traffic enforcement grant will also allow Maricopa police to get LiDAR speed tracking equipment and a radar trailer to help their STEP efforts. 

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