Modesto, CA – Modesto Police Department has been awarded a $179,515.00 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 the City of Modesto will aid in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life. Modesto Police Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.
“We are very fortunate to have received this traffic safety funding from the State, which will enhance our efforts on improving traffic safety in Modesto,” said Captain Rick Armendariz. “This funding will assist us in our commitment to ensuring Modesto streets are safe to travel by combating drunk and impaired driving; taking enforcement action on those motorists who speed through our city, and targeting those who fail to obey other traffic safety laws and use unsafe driving practices.”
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, but rose by 2.6 percent in 2011. State and federal officials anticipate that figures will show another rise for 2012. 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
- 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
- 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.