The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) awarded a $81,000 grant to Menlo Park Police Department for a year-long enforcement and public awareness program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.
“We are pleased to work with our law enforcement partners throughout San Mateo County to address regional traffic issues, and we once again thank the California Office of Traffic Safety for the grant funding to do so. We know that it is traffic violations that lead to crashes and with this increased enforcement we will strive to lower the amount of crashes in Menlo Park and San Mateo County. This grant funding assists the Menlo Park Police Department in achieving the goals in our traffic strategic plan,” said Chief Dave Bertini.
The grant-related activities are for the 2020 federal fiscal year, which runs from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.
The funding from OTS will be used for numerous programs, including:
DUI/driver’s license checkpoints
Patrols specifically looking for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers
Patrols targeting violations of California’s hands-free cell phone law and vehicle code violations by drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians that put other roadway users at risk
Patrols targeting the primary causes of crashes: Speeding, improper turns, running stop signs or signals, right-of-way violations and driving on the wrong side of the road
Patrols specifically looking for seat belt and child safety seat violations
Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted and impaired driving, bicycle and pedestrian safety
Serving warrants to multiple DUI offenders
Creating “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders
Officer training to identify suspected impaired drivers and conduct sobriety tests
“Getting in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous things we do,” OTS director Barbara Rooney said. “We must continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to shift that realization and make traveling on our roads safer.”
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.