The Sacramento Police Department has been awarded an $800,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a yearlong program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. The grant will aid in the city's ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life. The Sacramento Police Department will use the funding as part of its commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.
"Despite the recent increases, California's roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006," said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. "The Sacramento 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."
Activities funded by the grant will include:
- Specialized DUI and drugged driving training 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
- 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
- Court "sting" operations to cite individuals driving from court after having their driver's license suspended or revoked for drunk driving
- Stakeout operations to observe the "worst of the worst" repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Please direct any inquiries to Sergeant Chris Prince at (916) 808-6069.