It takes a lot of things to fight impaired driving: commitment, organization, and public support. Also police officers, cars, technology and good laws.
And money. Can’t do much without money to pay for the police and technology. Fortunately, the city of Mesa, Arizona has received a shot in the arm, in the form of 6 highway safety grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).
The grants, which total well over a half million dollars, are in direct support of six areas of public safety:
- DUI Abatement: Police personnel overtime, DUI task force events, and employee-related DUI enforcement expenses
- DUI Enforcement Overtime: Aiding contiuous DUI enforcement, including holidays
- Traffic Enforcement Overtime: To promote back to school safety and speed enforcement
- Accident Investigation Training: Collision reconstruction
- Accident Investigation Releated Materials & Supplies: Computers and monitors for detectives
- Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer: 50% funding of a device for screening blood samples for intoxicating substances
The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is a linchpin of the state’s highway safety efforts. The organization promotes public awareness of highway safety issues, and funds programs to fight speeding and impaired driving, and increase seat belt use, among other activities.
Those who think that DUI enforcement is largely a matter of pulling over suspicious drivers and giving them a breath test (though that is part of it) will be surprised at how much else is involved. The GOHS is aware that the better funded anti-drunk driving efforts are, the fewer Mesa drunk drivers will end up on the road. That makes them safer for everyone. We think it’s money well spent.