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.
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:
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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