Jun 01

Traffic Safety Funds Awarded to Peoria Police

Posted on June 1, 2021 at 10:54 AM by Krislyn Powell

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) recently awarded the Peoria Police Department a total of $188,878.59 in grant funding to help purchase equipment to assist in accident investigations, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) enforcement, traffic enforcement, and education in and around the City of Peoria. This grant was graciously provided by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety through Prop 207 funding that will allow the department to purchase a vehicle for a Vehicle Crimes Detective, updated technology for diagraming accident scenes, a drone to assist in accident reconstruction, and an Intoxilyzer 9000 to assist in the processing of DUI drivers.

This funding will allow the Peoria Department to enhance its ability to conduct accident investigations and DUI enforcement. Without the continued support of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, this would not be possible.

May 12

Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law!

Posted on May 12, 2021 at 3:45 PM by Krislyn Powell

In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is partnering with the Peoria Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

Arizona presently conducts enforcement under a secondary seat belt law and a primary child safety seat law. The enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

As part of the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law!  

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state. The enforcement mobilization will run from May 24-June 6.

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (younger than 1 years old) and by 54% for toddlers (1-4 years old) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45% among children ages 4-8 years old.

Funding was provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.  

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Mar 15

Traffic Collision on 83rd Ave. at Peoria Ave. Results in Fatality

Posted on March 15, 2021 at 5:33 PM by Krislyn Powell

On March 15, 2021, at approximately 3:00 a.m., a Peoria Police officer observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on North of 83rd Ave. south of West Bell Road. As the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it turned around and began traveling southbound on 83rd Ave. at a high rate of speed and the officer did not follow it, but notified other officers over the radio of its location. Moments later our communications center received reports of a vehicle that had rolled over multiple times and then caught on fire at 8300 West Peoria Avenue.

This was a single-vehicle accident that involved a white 4-door sedan.

Preliminary investigation shows that the white sedan was traveling southbound on 83rd Ave. at a high rate of speed when it lost control going around the curve as the roadway turns into West Peoria Ave. The vehicle struck the curb causing it to roll over several times before landing and catching on fire. The passenger in the vehicle was ejected from the vehicle and was transported to a local hospital with significant injuries, where he later passed away. The passenger has been identified as 23-year-old Chase Nelson of Surprise, Arizona. 

The driver of the white sedan sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The intersection was closed for several hours during the investigation but was open for normal traffic at approximately 8:30 a.m.

The Peoria Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit is still investigating this incident; however, speed and possible impairment of the driver of the white sedan may be a factor in this crash. At the time of this release, no arrests have been made and no citations have been issued. 

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