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Fullerton PD Wins Traffic Safety Grant

From the Fullerton PD Public Information Office --

The Fullerton Police Department has been awarded a $ 280,238.00 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 Fullerton 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.

Chief Dan Hughes praised OTS for their commitment to partnering with local

agencies in order to reduce traffic related injuries and deaths.

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 Fullerton 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

• Traffic safety educational presentations to include bike and pedestrian


• Motorcycle safety enforcement

• Distracted driving enforcement

• Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement

• Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement

• 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

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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