The Santa Monica Police Department has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a yearlong program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts.
The grant will aid in the department’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and quality of life through both enforcement and education, police said.
Lt. Jay Trisler said the grant funding will enable the police department to provide additional officers in the field to specifically focus on traffic related concerns and promote a safer traveling experience.
Among other activities the funding will support are driving under the influence saturation patrols, motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement, and speed, red light and stop sign enforcement, Trisler said. Police note the grant will also help with specialized DUI training such as the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.
DUI-related incidents remain the largest category of traffic deaths, at nearly 30 percent, police said. Recent trends show increases in two new categories – distracted driving and drug-impaired driving, according to police.
“Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said Office of Traffic Safety Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Santa Monica Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – toward zero deaths, every one counts.”
Funding for the grant is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Information, Sgt. Phillbo Rubish of the Traffic Enforcement Unit at (310) 458-8950.