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EL CAJON POLICE RECEIVES SAFETY GRANT

Post Date:10/11/2017 1:20 PM

EL CAJON POLICE RECEIVES TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANT

Post Date: 10/11/2017 1:20 PM

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Grant Award

DATE AND TIME OF INCIDENT: 10-11-17

LOCATION OF INCIDENT: City of El Cajon

RESUME OF INCIDENT:

El Cajon Police Department Receives Grant For

Special Traffic Enforcement And Crash Prevention

 

El Cajon, CA – The El Cajon Police Department has been awarded a $200,000.00 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.   El Cajon Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education. 

“We strive to make the streets of El Cajon a safe place to drive, bike, and walk. We can do this through a mutual effort of education and enforcement. We diligently work with various community groups, such as Safe Routes to School to educate children and parents on traffic safety issues. Our goal is to gain compliance to state/local traffic laws in order to make your commute safe,” said Sgt. K Maxwell of the El Cajon Police Department’s Traffic Division. 

After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed on roadways has climbed nearly 17 percent across the state, with 3,429 fatalities in 2015.  Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities that now comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies and the emergence of drug-impaired driving. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as speeding and crashes at intersections. 

 “Unsafe behaviors account for 94 percent of traffic crashes,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “This grant emphasizes the two most effective ways to change behaviors – education and enforcement. El Cajon Police Department, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will use these tools to help keep El Cajon streets safe.”

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

  • Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement

  • Speed, red light, and right of way enforcement

 

While alcohol remains the worst offender for DUI crashes, El Cajon PD supports the new effort from OTS that aims to drive awareness that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  Prescription medications and marijuana can also be impairing by themselves, or in combination with alcohol, and can result in a DUI arrest. 

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

 

COMPLETED BY:

Lt. Steve Kirk

El Cajon Police Department

Special Enforcement Division

REVIEWED BY:

Sgt. Kevin Maxwell

El Cajon Police Department

Traffic Unit

DATE/TIME: 10-11-17 @ 1:20 PM

Police Chief Jeff Davis

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