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Thousand Oaks - Ventura County Sheriff's Office Receives Grant for Specialized Traffic Enforcement Programs
11/27/2013 8:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Receives Grant for Specialized Traffic Enforcement Programs

Report Number:



Thousand Oaks, California

Date & Time:

October 1, 2013 until September 30, 2014

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent

City of Residence









The Ventura County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $133,400.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts.  The grant received by the Sheriff's Office will aid in the city of Thousand Oaks' ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and quality of life.  The Thousand Oaks Police Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.


The grant will assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to reduce the number of persons killed and injured 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.


Activities that the grant will fund include:

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

         DUI Saturation Patrols

         Motorcycle safety enforcement

         Distracted driving enforcement

         Seat belt and child safety seat 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

         Court 'sting' operations to cite individuals driving from court after having their driver's license suspended or revoked for drunk driving

         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.





Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Sergeant R. Harwood

Media Release Date:

November 27, 2013

Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant R. Harwood 805 494-8271

Approved by:

Captain Melissa Smith