Wednesday, October 23, 2013

APD Awarded $74,000 in DUI & Special Traffic Enforcement Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                    October 22, 2013


The Arcadia Police Department has been awarded 2 grants totaling $74,000.00 from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through the use of DUI checkpoints, specialized enforcement efforts and public awareness.

The Arcadia Police Department benefits from these grants by enhancing the department’s current traffic philosophy that embraces educating our community regarding traffic safety and enforcing hazardous traffic violations that place the city’s residents and visitors at risk.  The grants will provide advanced, specialized training for Arcadia Police Department personnel and will create even more opportunities for our officers to be visible throughout the community.  The combined efforts of the Office of Traffic Safety and the Arcadia Police Department will have an impact in reducing the number of people injured or killed 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.  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 driving.

Grant funds will pay for such activities as specialized DUI and drugged driving training, including; standardized field sobriety testing (SFST), advanced roadside impaired driving enforcement (ARIDE) and drug recognition evaluator (DRE).  Additional enforcement efforts will be focused on DUI saturation patrols, distracted driving, speed, red light and stop sign violations. The grants will also help pay for warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders.

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

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Captain Paul Foley,Operations Division Commander

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