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FPD Receives Grant For Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Fullerton Police Department Receives Grant For Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention      

The Fullerton Police Department has been awarded a $400,000 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. The Fullerton Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

Fullerton Police Chief David Hendricks praised the California Office of Traffic Safety for their commitment to collaborating with local agencies in order to reduce traffic related injuries and deaths.

 After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed on roadways has climbed nearly 17 percent across the state, with 3429 fatalities in 2015. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities that now comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies and the emergence of drug-impaired driving. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as speeding and crashes at intersections.

“Unsafe behaviors account for 94 percent of traffic crashes,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “This grant emphasizes the two most effective ways to change behaviors – education and enforcement. The Fullerton Police Department, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will use these tools to help keep Fullerton streets safe.”

 Activities that the grant will fund include:

 

  • Educational presentations

  • DUI checkpoints

  • DUI saturation patrols

  • Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement

  • Motorcycle safety enforcement

  • Distracted driving enforcement

  • Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement

  • Traffic enforcement focusing on the top primary collision factors

  • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders

  • Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying DUI offenders with a suspended or revoked license as a result of a DUI conviction

  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)

    While alcohol remains the most prolific factor in DUI crashes, the Fullerton Police Department supports the new effort from OTS which aims to drive awareness that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription medications and marijuana can also be impairing alone, or in combination with alcohol, and can result in a DUI arrest.

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

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