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.