The Santa Monica Police Department has received a $250,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, with the goal of reducing collision-related deaths and injuries in the city.

Funding for the program was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant will be used to operate a one-year Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, which began October 1st, police said.

In support of the city’s efforts to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in alcohol-related crashes, the Santa Monica Police Department secured this grant from the Office of Traffic Safety. Police said it is an all-inclusive traffic and safety grant that uses best-practice strategies.

Some of the programs to be implemented include checkpoints and saturation patrols for DUI (driving under the influence) enforcement, red light, intersection, speed and illegal street racing equipment operations, standardized field sobriety training and illegal street racing equipment inspection training for the city’s police officers.

The grant will also be used to purchase specialized equipment, including mobile citation devices and software, additional preliminary alcohol screening devices and laser devices for speed enforcement, police said.

Information, Sgt. Larry Horn of the Santa Monica Police Department Traffic Division,

(310) 458-8993.

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