The Santa Monica Police Department was recently awarded a $59,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to help reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes in Santa Monica.

Funding for this program was provided by the Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Santa Monica Police Department sought the grant to further support the city’s efforts in reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving under the influence, police said. The grant will be used to operate a one-year DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Enforcement and Awareness Program.

“With the cooperation of the California Office of Traffic Safety we are able to put additional resources on this very serious problem,” Santa Monica police captain Al Venegas said.

The programs to be implemented under the grant include checkpoints and saturation patrols for DUI enforcement, a “hot sheet” program to identify repeat DUI offenders, and standardized field sobriety training for Santa Monica police officers. The grant will also be used to purchase supplies for the sobriety checkpoints and educational materials that inform the public about traffic safety.

“Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills and injures thousands every year in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant will help get drunk drivers off the roadways of Santa Monica, making it safer for everyone.”

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