In October 2013, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) awarded the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office with four (4) separate grants totaling $79,000. These grants are being used to purchase equipment; fund overtime for DUI enforcement; conduct selective traffic enforcement; and fund Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enforcement, Education, and Equipment.
One of the GOHS grants awarded has provided the funding for the Sheriff’s Office Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program, which is presented at the County schools. A portion of the grant monies is being used to purchase bicycle helmets and bicycle repair tools to provide to school children who ride their bicycles to school.
Also, the Sheriff’s Office was able to purchase of a fully equipped police package motorcycle with funding provided by one of the GOHS grants. This motorcycle will be utilized as part of the Sheriff’s Office ongoing traffic safety campaign and DUI enforcement. Additionally, the overtime funds will be used to increase patrols throughout Yuma County in an effort to decrease alcohol-related injuries and fatalities by actively enforcing the state’s impaired driving laws. The Sheriff’s Office aggressively enforces the state’s 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) law, Administrative Per Se laws (immediate driver license suspension), 0.04 percent BAC law for commercial vehicle drivers and the 0.01 percent BAC limit for drivers under 21 years of age ('zero-tolerance').