The El Centro Police Department has been awarded a $114,903.00 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 El Centro Police Department will use the funding as part of the cityâ€™s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.
â€œGrants awarded by the Office of Traffic Safety, allow the El Centro Police Department to dedicate time and effort in order to continue our community outreach efforts and address quality of life concerns such as traffic safety and education, and intoxicated driversâ€ said Commander Aaron Reel from the El Centro Police Department.
After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions has been slowly rising. Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.
â€œOverall, Californiaâ€™s roadways are among the safest in the nation,â€ said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. â€œBut to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal â€“ zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the El Centro Police Department want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across the City of El Centro and the state.â€
Activities that the grant will fund include:
- Educational presentations
- DUI checkpoints
- DUI saturation patrols
- Distracted driving enforcement
- Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
- Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement
- Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders
- Compilation of DUI â€œHot Sheets,â€ identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders
- Court â€œstingâ€ operations to cite individuals driving from DUI court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.