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Friday, October 31, 2014

CA - Community: National City Police Department receives grant for special traffic enforcement and crash prevention.


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The National City Police Department has been awarded a $180,900.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcement and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The National City 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.

“The National City Police Department is committed to providing the highest level of traffic safety for our residents and community. We will accomplish this by working in partnership with residents and businesses to create public awareness, outreach and conducting special enforcement operations to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries,” said National City Police Chief Manuel Rodriguez.

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012. Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding.

“California’s roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The National City Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:
• Educational presentations
• DUI checkpoints
• 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
• Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced
Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug
Recognition Evaluator (DRE)
• Court “sting” operations to cite individuals driving from DUI
court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation
• Stakeout operations to observe the “worst-of-the-worst”
repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked
driver licenses

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.For full details, view this message on the web.
Sent by National City Police Department
1200 National City Boulevard, National City, CA 91950