The Chula Vista Police Department was awarded $455,000 by the California Office of Traffic Safety for the department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program in an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured by primary collision factors such as alcohol.
According to the Chula Vista Police Department in their Oct.12 update, in the past 12 months, 1548 collisions occurred, 1439 involved vehicles only and 109 of these involved at least one pedestrian.
“We are working on strategies with our Traffic Division to figure out ways that we can educate our community and have officers focused on informing people when they see them,” Kennedy said. “It's not about writing a ticket but about not having these people become a statistic”
Traffic enforcement operations will occur on an overtime basis within the one-year grant period, beginning on Oct.1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022. Grant-funded operations include DUI/driver license checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols and collaborative DUI enforcement to reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol-involved collisions.
Funds provided by this grant will also be utilized for training, checkpoint supplies used during the traffic operations, a DUI trailer and crash data retrieval software. Other traffic enforcement operations include motorcycle safety enforcement operations, along with bicycle and pedestrian enforcement operations.
Traffic safety educational presentations will be given to community members throughout the grant period, with the goal of reaching community members on the topics such as distracted driving, DUI, speed, bicycle and pedestrian safety, seatbelts and child passenger safety.
The police department has been awarded various California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) grants including Serious Traffic Offenders Program (STOP), Comprehensive Traffic Safety Program, DUI Enforcement Program, and Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). These programs have funded new positions within the traffic unit, traffic enforcement operations, supplies, and equipment used during traffic enforcement operations.
The goal for OTS is to effectively and efficiently administer Traffic Safety Funds in reducing Traffic Deaths, Injuries and Economic Losses.