Santa Monica Police Receive $140,000 For Special Enforcement Operations

Saturday, 23 Nov 2013, 7:52:00 AM

Brenton Garen

A $140,000 grant is on its way to the Santa Monica Police Department from the

California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program aimed

at preventing deaths and injuries on

roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. 

SMPD Sgt. Jay Moroso said the grant would 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, they rose by 2.6 percent in 2011," Moroso said. "State and federal officials anticipate that figures will show another

rise for 2012. 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


Activities that the grant will fund include:

Funding for this program

is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National

Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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