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El Cajon Police Department Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

Post Date:10/09/2018

El Cajon Police Department Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

Post Date: 10/09/2018 12:15 PM

El Cajon Receives Grant for Traffic Safety Details

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Grant Notification

DATE AND TIME OF INCIDENT: 10-09-18 at 12:00 pm

LOCATION OF INCIDENT: City of El Cajon

RESUME OF INCIDENT:

 

The El Cajon Police Department has been awarded a $118, 193.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long enforcement and public awareness program. The traffic safety program is intended to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to injuries and fatalities.

 

“Traffic Safety in the city is a top priority for the El Cajon Police Department. Our goal is to keep drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians safe as they travel throughout the city. It is important that everyone takes responsibility for their actions while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Take your time, it is better to take a few extra minutes getting to your destination than to hurry and cause a collision.“  Sgt. K Maxwell, Traffic Division.

 

The grant from OTS will fund various education and enforcement activities for the 2019 federal fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019):

  • DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols to take suspected alcohol/drug-impaired drivers – and those unlicensed or with a revoked/suspended license – off the road.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted, impaired and teen driving, and bicycle/pedestrian safety.
  • Patrols at intersections with increased incidents of pedestrian and bike collisions.
  • Checking for seat belt and child safety seat compliance.
  • Motorcycle safety operations in areas with high rider volume and where higher rate of motorcycle crashes occur.
  • Speeding, red light and stop sign enforcement.
  • Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training to identify and apprehend suspected impaired drivers.

 

In 2016, 3,623 people were killed in crashes across the state, a 7 percent increase from 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian deaths, with 867 pedestrians killed on California roadways in 2016, a nearly 33 percent increase from 2012. Along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies like phones and drug-impaired driving, this grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these dangerous and illegal behaviors.

 

“Almost all crashes are preventable,” OTS director Rhonda Craft said. “Education and enforcement go hand in hand helping change behaviors that cause devastating crashes.”

 

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

COMPLETED BY:

Lt. Stephen Kirk

El Cajon Police Department

Metropolitan Division

REVIEWED BY:

Sgt. Kevin Maxwell

Traffic Unit

El Cajon Police Department

DATE/TIME: 10-09-18 @ 12:00 PM

Police Chief Jeff Davis

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