RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Office of Traffic Safety Grant Kickoff|
|Written Date:||November 3, 2020||Time:||10:13 PM|
|Incident Date:||October 2020 to September 2021||Time:||N/A|
|Incident Location:||City of Coachella |
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Mariano Matos III|
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – City of Coachella Awarded Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant From the Office of Traffic Safety
Coachella, Calif. – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department received a $47,079 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a one-year enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.
The grant-related activities are for the 2021 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021.
The funding from the OTS will be used for numerous programs, including:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / driver’s license checkpoints.
- Patrols specifically looking for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers.
- Patrols targeting violations of California’s hands-free cell phone law and vehicle code violations by drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians that put other roadway users at risk.
- Patrols targeting the primary causes of crashes: Speeding, improper turns, running stop signs or signals, right-of-way violations and driving on the wrong side of the road.
- Creating “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders.
- Officer training to identify suspected impaired drivers and conduct sobriety tests.
“Getting in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous things we do,” Office of Traffic Safety director Barbara Rooney said. “We must continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to shift that realization and make traveling on our roads safer.”
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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