Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Posted by CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita , Calif. (October 22, 2014) –  according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department's (OCSD) spokesperson Emily Osterberg, the OCSD has been awarded a $330,620 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. 

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012, and particular, the recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and/or drugged driving and speeding.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

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
·         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 training such as 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 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.

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