The Santa Clara Police Department received a $70,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a one-year enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.
“This grant will support our efforts to prevent deadly traffic accidents, specifically those in which a driver is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs,” said Assistant Chief of Police Dan Winter.
The funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety will be used for numerous programs, including:
- DUI/driver’s license checkpoints
- Saturation patrols specifically looking for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers
- Patrols targeting violations of California’s hands-free cell phone law and vehicle code violations by drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians that put other roadway users at risk
- Traffic safety operations targeting the primary causes of crashes: speeding, improper turns, running stop signs or signals, right-of-way violations and driving on the wrong side of the road
- Pedestrian and/or bicycle enforcement operations
- Creating “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders
- Officer training to identify suspected impaired drivers and conduct sobriety tests
The grant-related activities are for the 2020 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2020.
“Getting in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous things we do,” said California Office of Traffic Safety Director Barbara Rooney. “We must continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to shift that realization and make traveling on our roads safer.”
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.