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More DUI & Motorcycle Safety Patrols, Stoplight Enforcement Coming to Elk Grove

The Elk Grove Police Department was awarded a $90,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Drivers in Elk Grove should expect to see more police looking for impaired or speeding drivers, unsafe motorcyclists and stoplight or stop sign violations.

The Elk Grove Police Department recently received a $90,000 state grant for traffic safety, officials announced Thursday.

More details follow in a press release from the department:

Elk Grove Police Department Receives Grant For Special Traffic Enforcement And Crash Prevention

ELK GROVE, CA – The Elk Grove Police Department has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts.  The grant received by Elk Grove will aid in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life.  The Elk Grove Police Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.

The grant 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 anticipate 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:

  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE).
  • DUI Saturation Patrols
  • Motorcycle safety enforcement
  • Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement

“Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy.  “The Elk Grove Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives andreach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

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

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LDiane January 28, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I also hope they spend more time looking out for distracted drivers. I see more of them than I do motorcyclists driving at unsafe speeds.
Dave Raines January 28, 2013 at 04:56 PM
LDiane, they have a separate grant just for distracted driving enforcement, and are pretty aggressive about it. Unfortunately, there are a lot more cell phone talkers and texters who think they can drive better than anybody else.
Tom Brown January 29, 2013 at 02:54 AM
This should net a lot of arrests and vehicle impounds for other things like drugs, weapons and bench warrants. I'm all for it and just can,t understand how I can see so many distracted drivers and police seem blind to most of them.
Ken Siu January 29, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Would public interest be better served by officers patrolling problem neighborhoods or pursuing outstanding warrants or parolee searches? I'd rather see this than officers hiding off road with a radar gun in hand. Why go after the low hanging, yet able to pay citizens as opposed to true criminals? I have several friends in law enforcement who tell me this is not about generating revenue for the agency, but more likely someone complaining about speeders. It was 8:30 am two Saturdays ago that two motorcycle officers were pulling people over. At 8:30 am, the truly bad people have just gone to bed. It's just us law abiding people trying to make a living getting an early start on the day!
Dori Weber January 29, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Am I the only one that caught that this article appears like it was written in 2010? It talks about how "figures show there will be a slight rise in 2011"? I just found this kind of interesting, are you sure this is current?

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