Murrieta Police Department Press Release Dated 12/06/2017
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Murrieta Police Department has been awarded a $110,000 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. The Murrieta 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.
Murrieta Police Chief Sean Hadden stated, “The police department is very fortunate to receive this grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety, and it will allow our department to put more resources toward the reduction of preventable traffic collisions.”
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. The Murrieta Police Department, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will use these tools to help keep the City of Murrieta streets safe.”
Activities that the grant will fund include:
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 Murrieta 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.