NPD pays $ 106K for BMW motorcycles
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Four new BMW motorcycles will be added to the Nogales Police Department fleet, thanks to $ 106,000 in fees paid by residents who have their vehicles impounded.

The Nogales City Council members unanimously approved the purchase from Go AZ Motorcycles in Scottsdale at their Dec. 10 regular meeting. As a result, NPD’s impound account, paid for by $ 150 fees for 30-day vehicle impounds, dropped from $ 123,000 built up in recent years to about $ 17,000.

The new motorcycles will replace four older bikes, which will be auctioned off after Go AZ declined to accept a trade, Assistant Police Chief Roy Bermudez told the councilors. Each of the older motorcycles had about 35,000 miles on it and the oldest motorcycle was purchased eight years ago.

“I can assure you those are pretty hard miles on those bikes,” City Manager Shane Dille said, adding the purchase would be “cost-effective” for the city.

The problem with the older motorcycles is they are costly to repair, Bermudez said.

“They basically have to take the motorcycle apart to repair the clutch. With these new ones, they can do it from the outside,” which cuts the repair time down from eight hours to about an hour-and-a-half, he said.

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Bainbridge to start police patrols on motorcycle
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Bainbridge Island police hope to start motorcycle patrols in the coming year in response to continuing traffic complaints.

Police Chief Matthew Hamner said his department is already shopping for a motorcycle that will be shared by officers who have been certified for the job.

The department has gotten consistent feedback from residents wanting greater traffic enforcement, he said, especially near school zones and for cyclists.

“That’s probably been my number one complaint since I’ve been here: traffic. Whether it’s speeding, whether it’s respect for bicyclists and pedestrians and vice versa,” he said.

“It just allows us to be more flexible,” Hamner said. “A motorcycle can go places and do things that cars sometimes aren’t able to,” he said.

Highway 305 sees more than 6 million commuters annually, Hamner noted, so traffic remains a prime concern.

“There’s a lot of traffic down the 305 and we’ve got to make sure to keep a good handle on safety. That is an issue,” he said.

City officials expect the number of traffic accidents to be higher this year than last, though the total number of traffic infractions are expected to be lower by year’s end.

Bainbridge police reported 202 traffic accidents in 2013, and expect 220 accidents by the end of this year.

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