The Santa Monica Police Department recently received a $144,385 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety that police say will help improve traffic enforcement and make streets safer.

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

The department has planned increased special traffic enforcement measures with the grant as police continue their commitment to keeping roadways safe through both enforcement and education, Sgt. Jay Trisler said. Specialized enforcement efforts will be conducted throughout the course of the next year.

“The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program grant will assist in efforts to deal with increased traffic safety problems and reduce the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions,” Capt. Alex Padilla said.

“The grant activities will target specific activities including: motorcycle safety, DUI (driving under the influence) offenders, drivers with suspended or revoked licenses, red-light running, and seatbelt violations through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints and special enforcement operations.”

The grant also provides funding for DUI checkpoint supplies and educational materials to facilitate the overtime to conduct these special enforcement activities.

“Every driver and every motorcyclist must get back to the basics — drive sober, always drive or ride safely, buckle up and we will save lives. It’s just that simple,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant will help make Santa Monica just that much safer of a place to live and work.”

New this year is the addition of two special Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations, police said.