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City of Fountain Valley - Police Department
Nov 14, 2012
FOUNTAIN VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION
The Fountain Valley Police Department has been awarded a $60,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. The grant received will aid in the City’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and quality of life. The Fountain Valley Police Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.
According to Chief Daniel S. Llorens, “The Fountain Valley Police Department is committed to public safety on our roadways. We realize that no one likes getting a ticket; but also we know from experience that enforcement modifies driving habits. Safety violations, especially those related to impaired driving, are definitely on our radar screen. To be blunt; impaired drivers can expect to go to jail in Fountain Valley.”
The grant will assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions. While traffic deaths from all causes declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, state and federal officials anticipate that figures will show a slight rise in 2011. DUI deaths remain the largest sector, at nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities. Recent trends show increases in two new categories – distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.
Activities that the grant will fund include:
Specialized DUI and drugged driving training for Officers such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE).
DUI Saturation Patrols
Motorcycle safety enforcement
Distracted driving enforcement
Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement
Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders
“Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Fountain Valley Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Lt. Rob Sweaza
FVPD Case Number: 11/14/20
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