News Story

 

Sheriff's Office Awarded Traffic Safety Grant
10/31/2016 12:03:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

New Traffic Grant Awarded

Report Number:

 

Location:

Ventura County

Date & Time:

October 2016 to September 2017

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Police ' Traffic Bureau

 

 

 

Narrative:  

THE VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT FOR

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENT PREVENTION

 

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office, on behalf of its contract cities, applied for a traffic safety grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).  The Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $300,000.00 grant 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 and Camarillo. These two 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.

 

Camarillo Assistant Police Chief Cory Rubright said, 'We are excited about every opportunity to raise public awareness and to work towards preventing injuries and deaths associated with traffic related incidents.  We look forward to working with the City of Thousand Oaks in these ongoing efforts.'

 

After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed has climbed nearly 17% across the state with 3,176 killed in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Particularly alarming is the six year rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, along with 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.

 

'Years of research tell us that enforcement and education work best jointly to combat unsafe driving,' said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  'This grant brings both tactics together, with the Office of Traffic Safety and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office working in concert to help keep the streets and highways safe across Ventura County and the state.'

 

Activities that the grant will fund include:

         Educational presentations

         DUI checkpoints

         DUI saturation patrols

         Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement

         Motorcycle safety enforcement

         Distracted driving enforcement

         Speed, red light, and stop sign 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)

 

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

 

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Sean Britt #3572

 

News Release Date:

October 31, 2016

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Sean Britt, william.britt@ventura.org, 805-388-5132

 

Approved by:

Captain Cory Rubright

 







 

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