Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Release Date/Time: 10/25/2014 4:28 PM

Incident: Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

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Date: Saturday, 10/25/2014

Time: 4:27 PM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION (STEP Grant)

The Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $77,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Salinas PD will use the funding as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education. 'Over the last few years Salinas has had a major problem with pedestrian fatalities,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'For the first time this grant sets aside money for enforcement of pedestrian violations. We are hopeful these pedestrian enforcement operations will raise awareness of these dangers with both drivers and pedestrians.”

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012. Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding. 'California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The Salinas Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Activities that the grant will fund include: • DUI saturation patrols • Distracted driving enforcement • Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement • Bicycle and Pedestrian enforcement • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders • Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) • Court 'sting” operations to cite individuals driving from DUI court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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