News Story

 

New Traffic Grant Awarded
10/27/2015 7:40:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

New Traffic Grant Awarded

Report Number:

 

Location:

Ventura County

Date & Time:

October 2015 to September 2016

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police - Traffic Bureau

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City of Residence

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 Narrative:

 

THE VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT FOR

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENT PREVENTION

 

In December 2014, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office on behalf of its five contract cities, applied for a traffic enforcement grant and has been awarded a $375,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).  The grant provides funding for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries.   After careful consideration and analysis, OTS awarded funds to the cities of Thousand Oaks, Camarillo and Moorpark.   These three cities will use the funding as part of their ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

 

Thousand Oaks Assistant Police Chief Jim Fryhoff said, 'We are looking forward to another successful grant period of operations, and are proud to now be working with the cities of Camarillo and Moorpark in our continued effort to make our public streets as safe as possible.'   

 

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions has been slowly rising.  Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.

 

'Overall, California's roadways are among the safest in the nation,' said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  'But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal ' zero deaths on our roadways.  The Office of Traffic Safety and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Ventura County and the state.'

 

Activities that the grant will fund include:

        Educational presentations

        DUI checkpoints

        DUI saturation patrols

        Motorcycle safety enforcement

        Distracted driving enforcement

        Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement

        Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement

        Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders

        Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets,' identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders

        Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)

        Court 'sting' operations to cite individuals driving from DUI court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation

        Stakeout operations to observe the 'worst-of-the-worst' repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses

 

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

 

 

Prepared by:

Brad Clifton, Sergeant

 

Media Release Date:

October 27, 2015

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

 

 

Approved By:

Brad Clifton, Sergeant

brad.clifton@ventura.org

 

Jim Fryhoff, Captain

 

 Mike Hartmann, Captain

 

 





 

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