Bill's Newscast: Holiday Weekend & DUI Checkpoints

02 September 2016  
Holiday Weekends Mean DUI Saturation Patrols, in Order to Help Keep Everyone Safe

The Prescott City Council meets at 10 Tuesday morning to discuss funding for new firefighters

Last month, the City of Prescott got word it had received a 1 and a half million dollar grant award that will be used to hire up to 9 firefighters. This includes the reinstatement of 3 positions that were frozen during budget adjustments that are in effect as of January 1st of this year. City officials say the grant will fully cover salaries and benefits of each firefighter hired over a 2 year period. The grant doesn’t cover continuation of employment past that time, but there is an opportunity to reapply for other funding cycles. Following the special session, the Prescott City Council will meet in a closed session to discuss the possible acquisition of property in the downtown area. Both meetings will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.

Good news for those who are hitting the road this Labor Day holiday weekend

ADOT and its contractors have no construction related closures scheduled along state highways from today through Monday night. While there are no closures over the holiday weekend, drivers should be aware that existing work zone restrictions will remain in effect. ADOT crews will have equipment such as loaders and utility trucks in place for faster response times to crashes and stalled vehicles. Because unexpected delays can occur, ADOT is recommending drivers pack extra drinking water and snacks, avoid the busiest travel times if possible, get plenty of rest before driving and check their vehicles, including tire pressure, belts and fluid levels.

Local law enforcement officers will be out and about this weekend working to keep impaired drivers off the roads

The Prescott Valley Police Department is partnering with the Prescott and Chino Valley Police Departments, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety. Prescott Valley Police Officer Jerry Ferguson says in addition to saturation patrols, there will be a DUI Command Center. The Tri-City DUI Task Force will conduct patrols from 6 Saturday night to 3 Sunday morning. The Verde Valley DUI Task Force will conduct patrols today through Sunday.

The Clarkdale, Jerome and Sedona Police Departments will have patrols and enhanced enforcement today through Labor Day.

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