Governor Doug Ducey announced his budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and it is with great appreciation to review his recommendations for additional funding provided in support of public safety. The Governor’s budget provides funding to combat the opioid crisis, expand DPS Night Watch operations to respond to wrong way drivers, and increase patrol coverage in Southern Arizona.
Wrong-way drivers are a nationwide problem, and happen all too often in Arizona. During 2017, there were over 1,700 wrong-way drivers reported in Arizona. The Governor’s budget recommends $1.4 million to expand DPS Night Watch operations in the Phoenix area to 50 troopers. Additional troopers will increase coverage to more quickly respond to reports of wrong-way drivers, or other dangerous driving reports, within the Phoenix area.
However, the best resource to stop a wrong-way driver starts with you, the public. Most wrong-way drivers are impaired drivers; if you, or someone you know, have been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel. We are just days into 2018 and DPS troopers have already intercepted and arrested three wrong way drivers on Arizona highways suspected of impairment.Read More>>
1974: In this week’s entry we look back on a project that issued radios to truck drivers, which allowed them to directly communicate with DPS dispatchers. The below story was featured in the April 1974 issue of The Digest.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person. Charles Dearstine is 85 yrs old, 5’4” tall, 160 lbs, with grey hair, and blue eyes. Charles was last seen in Palmdale, Ca on Friday (2/15) at 7:30 PM.
Antonio Martinez was last seen at approximately 1800 hours today in the 1700 block of S. 9th Avenue in Yuma, AZ. Mr. Martinez was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and a grey flannel vest. He does suffer from dementia.
On Thursday, February 14, 2019, Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force (AVTTF) detectives received information about a 2001 Ford F250 pick-up truck that had been stolen from Gilbert. AVTTF detectives located the truck near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road just before 11:00 a.m.