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
Thousand Oaks, California
Date & Time:
October 1, 2013 until September 30, 2014
Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT FOR
SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION
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
Sergeant R. Harwood 805 494-8271
Captain Melissa Smith