Police get $30K state grant to curb traffic-related deaths

November 23, 2012 

The Los Banos Police Department has been awarded a $30,398 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a yearlong program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on roadways.

The grant will aid in the city's ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

It will assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions. While traffic deaths from all causes declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, state and federal officials expect that figures will show a slight rise in 2011. DUI deaths remain the largest sector, at nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities. Recent trends show increases in two new categories -- distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.

Activities that the grant will fund include:

* DUI Saturation Patrols;

* Motorcycle safety enforcement;

* Distracted driving enforcement;

* Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement;

* Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement;

* Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders;

* Compilation of DUI "Hot Sheets," identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders;

* Court "sting" operations to cite individuals driving from court after having their driver's license suspended or revoked for drunk driving;

* Stakeout operations to observe the "worst of the worst" repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses.

Statistical information and funding for this program is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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