El Centro Police Receive Grant to Improve Traffic Safety

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The El Centro Police Department has been awarded a $70,000 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 El Centro 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.

“Grants 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 drivers” 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 to include several fatal collisions. Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian fatalities, the continued 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.

“Overall, California’s roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – 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.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:

ï‚· DUI checkpoints

ï‚· DUI saturation patrols

ï‚· Distracted driving enforcement

ï‚· Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement

 Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders

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