The Folsom Police Department has been awarded a $155,000 grant for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on the city’s roadways through special enforcement and public awareness.
“Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs- Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest.” Traffic Sergeant Kirk Morris said in a news release.
The grant will assist the department with efforts to deal with traffic safety and reduce the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions.
According to statistics included in the release, traffic deaths from all causes declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California but rose by 2.6 percent in 2011, and officials expect those figures will show another rise in 2012.
Activities the grant will fund include:
Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement, and Drug Recognition Evaluator.
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
The grant funding is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.