KINGMAN - Almost 200 tickets were issued by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office over a nine-day period during a special traffic enforcement detail earlier this month.
Deputies targeted the area of Pierce Ferry and Diamond Bar roads in anticipation of increased traffic to Grand Canyon West for the Chinese New Year. More than 100 accidents have occurred on those stretches of road over the last three years, including two fatal crashes in 2010.
Sgt. Don Bischoff, detail supervisor, said the majority of tickets issued were for speeding.
The posted speed limit in Dolan Springs is 25 mph and the top speed ticketed was 60 mph. On Diamond Bar Road, the speed limit is 45 mph with the top speed ticketed at 79. The area between Dolan Springs and Diamond Bar Road has a posted speed limit of 55 and the fastest ticketed speed was 90 mph.
"Our goal was to prevent accidents during the increase of tourist traffic anticipated because of the Chinese New Year," said Bischoff. "We accomplished that goal in that there was only one non-injury traffic incident reported involving a single vehicle and livestock in the road."
Several commercial vehicle inspections of tour operated buses, motor coaches and vans were also made. One of last year's fatal accidents involved a tour bus out of Las Vegas that flipped when the driver lost control, killing two Chinese tourists.
Officers inspected 105 commercial tour vehicles during the detail, resulting in 15 safety violations, most of which were characterized as minor. Three vehicles were placed out of service for safety violations, two of which were allowed back in service once the driver made quick repairs after the inspections.
Only one commercial vehicle was ticketed for a moving violation. The driver of a local beverage delivery truck from Kingman was cited for 70 in a 55 mph zone.