BUCKEYE – Buckeye Police Department is switching to a new electronic traffic citation system.
A grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will help achieve this. This grant was accepted as one of the actions taken by Buckeye City Council at Tuesday’s meeting.
Buckeye Police are transitioning from the Brazos E-citation program to the TraCS software system. TraCS (Traffic and Criminal Software) will allow officers to write electronic citations to mobile data computers from their vehicles, according to a staff report.
AZGOHS will finance the purchase of the software and printers through repayable grants up to an amount of approximately $ 62,000.
On Tuesday, Deputy Mayor Craig Heustis asked Chief Constable Larry Hall a few questions about the software, procedures and operation of the program.
“At the moment our system is a bit heavy,” said Hall, referring to the Brazos electronics system. “State law dictates what traffic accident data we report for ADOT statistics and reports. This new TraCS system will give us better quality control and allow us to compile data more efficiently.
Hall said he would compress interviews, citations and other data in files shared with courts, ADOT and other systems of law enforcement agencies into one system accessible in multiple ways and formats.
Heustis asked if the system would make it easier or more efficient for Buckeye Police or other city officials to search for a particular event, such as information about a traffic stop.
“Not only will this allow this, in multiple types of formats, but this system will also allow our officers to exit traffic areas more quickly,” Hall said. “Every minute an officer is stopped on a freeway, the chance of an officer or vehicle being struck by another motorist increases by 2%, according to studies.”
Hall said the system will also allow for accurate validation of data at the scene and associate multiple forms with a case, as well as sharing of data in the field. It will also integrate well with Buckeye’s Spillman case management system.
The staff report says federal 405c funds will support the program.
A staff report shows that there were more than 1,000 traffic accidents in Buckeye in 2019. This was more than double the number (448) two years earlier, in 2017. The number of accidents with injuries rose from 57 to 144 during this time in the fast growing city.
There are now 448 miles of road for Buckeye Police to patrol the city – 299 miles of urban streets, a number that is increasing almost every week – and 199 miles of highway.
In further steps taken on Tuesday, the council elected Heustis as vice mayor for 2022.
Board member Tony Youngker held the title for 2021.
The Buckeye Water Resources Department has been approved to operate a 1.5 mile water line from the intersection of Rainbow and Broadway Roads to the Jackie A. Meck Water Campus at a cost of $ 370,000.
Council also approved, in its consent agenda, a contract for improvements to Buckeye Municipal Airport. An offer for the reconstruction and realignment of approximately 11,500 square meters of taxiway “D3” and taxiway “J” will cost approximately $ 232,000, to be paid through a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
A consulting contract with the firm Hazen and Sawyer, in the amount of $ 122,000, will allow this firm to prepare recommendations on the repair or replacement of 64 manhole covers in the city.
Council also approved a map for the intersection of Miller Road and Lower Buckeye Road, providing additional rights-of-way to accommodate traffic lights.
An executive session to consider candidates for city manager was held ahead of the meeting, but no announcement on the decisions was made at the regular meeting.