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POLICE RECEIVE $265K GRANT FOR FOCUSED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, November 22, 2016) - The Berkeley Police Department has been awarded a $265,000.00 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.

Interim Chief Andrew Greenwood shared, "Thanks to OTS, this grant will help us educate our community, and support our officers' focused enforcement efforts on unsafe driving behaviors and locations in Berkeley. The grant will give us the ability to field additional officers to increase safety and reduce collisions in Berkeley. We are grateful to the California Office of Traffic Safety for their support of our work to keep our roadways safe and reducing injuries and harms through both enforcement and education."

After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed has climbed nearly 17% across the state with 3,176 killed in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Particularly alarming is the six year rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, along with the growing 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.

"Years of research tell us that enforcement and education work best jointly to combat unsafe driving," said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  "This grant brings both tactics together, with the Office of Traffic Safety and the Berkeley Police Department working in concert to help keep the streets and highways safe across Berkeley and the state."

Activities that the grant will fund include:

  • Educational presentations
  • DUI checkpoints
  • DUI saturation patrols
  • Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement
  • 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
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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