Payson's New Traffic Program Successful

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The new traffic enforcement program by the Payson Police Department is more successful than officials hoped.

Recently the PPD received a $6,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety for a red light and speed enforcement program.

The goal is to stop red light runners on Highway 87 and excessive speed in area neighborhoods. So far, 10 citations have been issued.

At a recent red light stop, the PPD was able to issue more than a traffic citation.

July 11, Larry D. Massey, 26, of Overgaard, was stopped for running the red light at Hwys. 87 and 260. In addition to being cited for the red light offense, Massey was also charged with aggravated DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and having an open container.

Lt. Don Engler said with arrests like this, the traffic enforcement program is proving more valuable than anticipated.

The program will continue through September and be used to patrol school zones as well.

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