The Alhambra Police Department has been awarded a $142,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Alhambra 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 goal of the Alhambra Police Department is to continue our partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety to reduce impaired driving incidents and injuries. While the numbers of victims due to impaired driving crashes in Alhambra is decreasing, we still have more work to do. One fatality due to impaired driving is one too many. The Alhambra Police Department is committed to using the funds provided through the Office of Traffic Safety to have more officers patrolling our roadways, in an effort to combat impaired driving.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) there was a dramatic fall between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions has been slowly rising since 2011. Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, the dangers of distracting technologies and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.
“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 Alhambra 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:
- DUI checkpoints
- DUI saturation patrols
- Motorcycle safety enforcement
- Traffic Enforcement Operations targeting primary collision factors such as speed, red light and stop sign enforcement
- Distracted driving enforcement
- Bicycle and pedestrian enforcement
- Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders
- Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders
- Specialized DUI and drug impaired driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE), and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Recertification
- 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
- Multi Media Educational presentations
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.