The Signal Hill Police Department has been awarded a $94,000 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, according to the department.
“Signal Hill 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,” reads a press release from the department.
After falling to a 10-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, according to the SHPD.
“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,” the SHPD states.
The grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as speeding and crashes at intersections, according to the SHPD.
“Injury and fatal traffic collisions are on the rise statewide,” said Signal Hill Police Chief Christopher Nunley. “These grant funds will be put to good use in order to try to reverse that trend.”
Activities that the grant will fund include:
• Educational presentations
• DUI checkpoints
• DUI saturation patrols
• Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement
• Distracted-driving enforcement
• Seatbelt and child-safety-seat enforcement
• Speed, red light and stop-sign enforcement
While alcohol remains the worst offender for DUI crashes, the SHPD says it 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.