NCSO adds $12K motorcycle to traffic enforcement fleet
The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office recently received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for a Honda motorcycle to add to their traffic enforcement unit.
The new motorcycle cost about $12,000.
“The sheriff’s office accepts this grant in support our commitment to GOHS and their ‘Drive Hammered, Get Nailed’ driving while intoxicated campaign,” NCSO Chief Deputy Jim Molesa said.
Molesa said the motorcycle will be used by officers to catch drunk drivers, speeders and people driving ATVs on forest lands (or paved roads and highways) in an unsafe manner.
“We have had at least four ATV fatalities with people driving recklessly this year alone. Why should people up here think they can drive recklessly just because we live in the forest?” Molesa said.
He said people living in forest areas are subject to the same laws as people living in lower elevations.
He said officers will hand out citations to anyone found breaking motorist and ATV travel rules/regulations in White Mountain forests using a zero-tolerance policy.
“This is a valuable tool for the NCSO. This motorcycle will be deployed to areas of the county where there is significant ATV traffic issues to ensure compliance with all traffic laws for ATVs,” Molesa said in a press release. “The public should be aware that your public safety professionals do not take the holidays off. Law enforcement throughout the county will work together with these tools to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on county roads, as well as the number of accidents involving intoxicated drivers and all-terrain vehicles.”