The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has awarded the Chula Vista Police Department a grant of $565,000. The grant will be used to support their ongoing enforcement and education programs aimed at reducing the number of serious injuries and deaths on the roads.

A recent media advisory from the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) states that the funding they received will bolster their commitment to public safety in the community. According to Chula Vista Police Agent Brian Carter, the funds will allow them to increase their efforts toward making the roads safer for everyone. They will focus on critical areas such as reducing distracted driving, impaired driving, and speeding.

The grant will provide additional programs and resources, including:

·         DUI checkpoints and patrols focused on stopping suspected impaired drivers.

·         High-visibility distracted driving enforcement operations targeting drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law.

·         Enforcement operations focused on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of people biking or walking at risk.

·         Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes: speeding, failure to yield, stop sign and/or red-light running, and improper turning or lane changes.

·         Community presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding, and bicycle and pedestrian safety.

·         Collaborative enforcement efforts with neighboring agencies.

·         Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

The grant program will run through September 2024.

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