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Mar 27, 2014 1:54 PM by Faye DeHoff

Sierra Vista Police Department being rewarded for efforts against DUI

Sierra Vista - The Sierra Vista Police Department is getting three brand new vehicles as a reward for their ongoing efforts in keeping the community safe from preventable accidents caused by drunk drivers.

The vehicles are a motorcycle, SUV and a van. Tomorrow, Friday March 28th, Alberto Gutier, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), will hand over the keys of the first vehicle, a DUI van, to SVPD at 1:00 p.m. in front of the police station, 911 N. Coronado Drive. The public is invited to this free ceremonial dedication.

This special award is bestowed to Arizona's most deserving law enforcement agencies deemed worthy by Gutier. The van will be used to test impaired drivers at rural checkpoints throughout the county.

"We were fortunate that Director Gutier thought highly enough of our efforts to award one of the DUI vans to us," says Daryl Copp, Sierra Vista Police commander. "But to also be awarded two other vehicles that we requested puts the Department in a better position to enforce both impaired and aggressive driving violations."

The two other vehicles en route to Sierra Vista are the result of grants applied for and awarded through GOHS. One is a Ford Explorer with "ghost" markings only visible at night when hit by light. The other is a 2013 Honda ST1300 motorcycle. Both vehicles will be used in daily traffic enforcement and for countywide enforcement of impaired and aggressive driving.

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