City of Irvine, Police Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE #11/18/2013
IRVINE, CA (November 18, 2013): The Irvine Police Department has been awarded two grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) further supporting their traffic safety efforts.
The Sobriety Checkpoint Program grant for $77,050 will target alcohol and drug impaired driving offenders through additional DUI checkpoints and educational materials. When possible, officers with specialized training will staff checkpoints to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Grant for $111,956 will fund a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Irvine’s roadways through directed enforcement and public awareness. Activities this grant will fund include:
· Specialized training for officers to evaluate drug and alcohol impaired drivers
· DUI Saturation Patrols
· Motorcycle safety enforcement
· Seatbelt and child safety seat enforcement
· Distracted driving enforcement
· Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement
· Warrant service operations targeting DUI offenders
Drug and alcohol impaired driving are among America’s deadliest crimes. Irvine celebrates the fact that in 2012, there were no traffic fatalities related to these types of collisions, however; there were 30 people injured. These grants will support and advance the Department’s commitment to improving traffic safety for those who live, work and travel through the City of Irvine.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to supplement our traffic safety programs and enforcement efforts,” said Chief David Maggard, Jr. “Traffic safety continues to be one of our Department’s most important responsibilities.”
Funding for these programs is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Contact : Julia Engen, Lieutenant 949-724-7112, firstname.lastname@example.org