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Tempe police awarded $300K in grants targeted at making roadways safer

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Tempe Police Department more than $300,000 in grant funding in an effort to make the city’s roadways safer.

The grants will help seven safety campaigns in Tempe targeted at DUI, underage drinking and pedestrian safety enforcement, according to a press release.

“Building partnerships that keep people in our community safe is of the highest priority for Chief [Sylvia] Moir and all of us at Tempe PD,” Assistant Police Chief Dave Humble said in the release.

“Along with Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue, ASU PD and law enforcement across the metro area, this grant funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety significantly increases our ability to provide education and enforcement and to prevent serious injuries and fatalities in incidents associated with violations of traffic laws.”

The largest grant — for $100,000 — will go toward a program designed to reduce alcohol and drug related driving through education and public awareness.

Another $80,000 will go toward the department’s Covert Underage Buyer Program that aims to limit the purchase of alcohol via fake IDs from liquor establishments.

Other grants will help programs for pedestrian and bicycle safety, traffic enforcement and collision investigation training.

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