Dublin police earn $70,000 grant for traffic safety efforts

Targeted enforcement, public education among programs to be funded

Dublin Police Services recently received a $70,000 government grant for a year-long traffic enforcement and public awareness program designed to educate residents on safe driving habits as well as deter people from violating traffic laws or engaging in unsafe behaviors while behind the wheel.

The grant, which funds activities through next September during the current federal fiscal year, is provided from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Almost all crashes are preventable," OTS director Rhonda Craft said in a statement announcing the grant. "Education and enforcement go hand in hand helping change behaviors that cause devastating crashes."

The program includes DUI-specific efforts, including specialized training to help officers identify and apprehend impaired drivers, compilation of DUI "hot sheets" identifying repeat DUI offenders, probation supervision for high-risk DUI offenders, court stings to cite people driving from DUI court after license suspension or revocation, and special DUI saturation patrols.

Other activities include traffic safety education presentations, patrols at intersections with high rates of bicycle and pedestrian collisions, seat belt and child safety seat compliance checks, motorcycle safety operations, and enforcement of speeding, red light or stop sign violations.

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