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San Jose Police Department
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San Jose PD Receives Grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention
Filed under Press Release, on 10/26/2017 2:25:00 PM by Author: Webmaster.


SAN JOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION

 

San Jose, CA San Jose Police Department has been awarded a $257,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. San Jose Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

“Traffic Safety is our number one priority and our goal is to make it the number one priority of every driver in San Jose. This OTS Grant will help us put more Officers on the street and help us achieve this goal,” said Sergeant Steven Payne.

After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed on roadways has climbed nearly 17 percent across the state, with 3,429 fatalities in 2015. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities that now comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies and the emergence of drug-impaired driving. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as speeding and crashes at intersections.

“Unsafe behaviors account for 94 percent of traffic crashes,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “This grant emphasizes the two most effective ways to change behaviors – education and enforcement. San Jose Police Department, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will use these tools to help keep San Jose streets safe.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:

  • Educational presentations
  • DUI checkpoints
  • DUI saturation patrols
  • Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement
  • Motorcycle safety enforcement
  • Distracted driving enforcement
  • Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
  • Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement

While alcohol remains the worst offender for DUI crashes, the San Jose Police Department supports the new effort from OTS that aims to drive awareness that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription medications and marijuana can also be impairing by themselves, or in combination with alcohol, and can result in a DUI arrest.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Contact Information: Sgt. Steve Payne #2805 at (408) 277-4341 or via email at 2805@sanjoseca.gov


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