The City of Carlsbad Police Department has received a grant of $90,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety to implement programs designed to improve traffic safety and reduce traffic deaths and injuries throughout the city.
In awarding the grants, the state Office of Traffic Safety compares a city’s traffic safety statistics with those of similar sized cities in a program called Selective Traffic Enforcement, which identifies problem areas and targets them for corrective action.
The City of Carlsbad Police Department will use the grant to reduce injuries and fatalities resulting from alcohol consumption, distracted driving, failure to use seatbelts, and other collision factors. Police also will focus on reducing pedestrian and bicycle accidents in neighborhoods where these accidents are more common.
The Police Department will use several techniques to apply the grant, including DUI checkpoints, pedestrian and bicycle enforcement operations, safety education campaigns, and officer training. The department will also monitor repeat DUI offenders who have suspended or revoked drivers’ licenses, to assure they are not on the road endangering the public.
Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.