Miner Photo//LORIN MCLAIN
Left to right, KPD officers Sgt.
Bob Fisk, Lt.
Scott Wright and Cpl.
Pat Brock alongside Stockton Hill Road near the I-40 on-ramp.
The signs are part of a new traffic initiative started by the KPD traffic bureau intended to significantly decrease the number of accidents that repeatedly occur at particular locations.
Scott Wright, Cpl.
Pat Brock and Sgt.
Bob Fisk started enforcing the new objectives last month by paying particular attention to designated areas where there has been a high frequency of accidents.
The areas currently drawing particular attention with the department are Stockton Hill Road from Airway to Detroit avenues, Beale Street from I-40 to Coyote Pass and E.
Andy Devine Avenue from I-40 to Airway Avenue.
"We want drivers to know that they need to be alert and there will be a lot of enforcement," Wright said.
While it won't exactly be "no-tolerance" procedure, officers will be putting extra emphasis on enforcement in these areas.
"You'll be stopped going five miles over the speed limit," Wright said.
The short-term goal of the department is to reduce traffic accidents by 10 percent in the focus areas.
In the meantime, the department will evaluate a bi-monthly statistical report detailing trends in a particular area and if focused enforcement has created any impact.
Officers will also implement a community-policing program that will educate and inform the public of traffic safety issues and trends.
An officer, for example, may act on repeated complaints of a stop sign at a problem location or a particular driver continually speeding observed by other residents.
The long-term goal of the program is to reduce the overall city accident rate by five percent.
KPD also wants to develop a systematic approach to apprehending and convicting drunken drivers.
The areas of focused law enforcement were designated from accident statistics compiled in 2003 and 2004 listing the top 10 accident intersections.
The department currently has two patrolling traffic officers in addition to Fisk, with two more to be added in addition to a traffic sergeant.
"Patrol units are also attending to traffic enforcement," Fisk said.
Enforcement of traffic regulations is the entire department's responsibility, Fisk said.
KINGMAN – Independent and Republican Party voters will have many choices to make when they vote in the Sept.
7 primary election.
Democrats will have only one or two.
Attorney Richard Basinger is challenging District 1 incumbent county supervisor Pete Byers in the Republican primary.
Whomever wins will face independent John Ford and Democrat Ken Dunn in the November general election.
In District 2, which includes Golden Valley, Republican and independent voters will choose from incumbent Tom Sockwell and challenger Jim Jones.
Democrats will pick from Jacquie Jessie and Richard O'Connor Jr.
Independent Alex Cariaga will face off with the party representatives in the general election Nov.
In District 3, which includes Yucca and Oatman, controversial incumbent Buster Johnson faces a challenge from Republicans Dick Elewaut and Richard Zalewski.
There are no Democrats or independents in the race.
Republicans and independents will choose between incumbent Mike File of Chloride and challenger Margaret Nyberg of Lake Havasu City in the primary for county school superintendent, with the winner taking the office as there are no other candidates.
Among the races for state Legislature District 3, Reps.
Joe Hart of Kingman and Bill Wagner of Bullhead City, both Republicans, are giving up their seats to vie with former one-term Lake Havasu City Councilman Ron Gould for the job of state senator.
Republicans will select two candidates for state representative from the list of Ray Cullison of Kingman, Nancy McLain of Bullhead City and Trish Groe of Lake Havasu City.
Democrats Peggy Toomey-Hammann of Page and Bruce Hinman of Lake Havasu City will face off with the top two Republicans in the general election.
Among the candidates running for the Arizona Corporation Commission, only one of four incumbents has a primary foe.
Kris Mayes, a Republican who was appointed to the seat by Democratic Gov.
Janet Napolitano, will square off with Carl Seel.
The 2nd Congressional District race pits first-term incumbent Trent Franks against Lake Havasu City radio station owner Rick Murphy in a contest that has turned negative, largely because of a plethora of radio spots that Murphy is airing that attack Franks.
The Democrats are facing a primary of their own in the race between Randy Camacho, Larry Coor and Gene Scharer.
Libertarian Powell Gammill also is running.
John McCain will not face a primary challenge, but Democrat Stuart Starky and Libertarian Ernest Hancock will vie with Arizona's senior senator in November.
Early voting for the primary has begun.
Voters can cast ballots at the Mohave County Recorder's office at 315 E.