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Traffic Safety Grant Awarded To County
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Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $52,500 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. Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department will use the funding as part of the county’s ongoing commitment to keep roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

“The Office of Traffic Safety is a great partner of the Sheriff’s office. We appreciate the opportunity to continue our work, keeping our roads and communities safe,” said Sheriff Adam Christianson.

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions has been slowly rising. Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.

“Overall, California’s roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Stanislaus County and the state.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:

• Educational presentations

• DUI checkpoints

• DUI saturation patrols

• Distracted driving enforcement

• Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement

• Bicycle and pedestrian safety 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).

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