MCSO — Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies made 1,922 traffic stops during May 2019, a nearly 70% increase since January 2019, and 44% increase over the 1,357 stops made in the same month last year.
At the end of last year, Sheriff Paul Penzone initiated a review of patrol-related traffic enforcement and performance activity. This resulted in a restructuring of existing staff and resources to provide a dedicated traffic enforcement unit for patrol districts; and implementation of a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for equipment, training, and overtime funding.
“As we work to improve all our services, we are focused on effective traffic enforcement in areas most adversely impacted by aggressive driving,” said Sheriff Paul Penzone. “We will continue our efforts to promote safe driving habits and safe roadways.”
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There is now at least one dedicated traffic deputy in each of the County’s patrol districts. This allows other deputies to continue prioritizing calls for service while providing a consistent road safety presence that can respond to high-crash areas and citizen complaints.
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