SSFPD Receives Grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

South San Francisco, CA   October 5, 2016  SSFPD Press Release  SSFPD logo color

The South San Francisco Police Department has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffi c related deaths and injmies. The South San Francisco Police Department will use the fund ing as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

 

Police Chief Jeff Azzopardi said, “This marks the ninth consecutive year of our partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  During this partnership, as a direct result of the grant-funded operations, we have arrested and removed 130 intoxicated and impaired drivers from our roadways. We have also made 80 criminal arrests for other offenses during the grant-funded operations. In addition to the arrests, over 750 drivers who were unlicensed or driving with a suspended license were issued citations and in some cases, had their vehicles towed.”

 

“When compared to the two years before we began working with the Office of Traffic Safety, we have seen a 40 percent reduction in fatality traffic collisions, a 17 percent reduction in alcohol­ related injury traffic collisions, and a 36 percent reduction in speed-related injury collisions. In addition to this, we have also seen reductions in the number of hit and run injury and fatality collisions,” stated Chief Azzopardi.

 

After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed has climbed  nearly  17%  across the state with 3,176 killed in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Particularly  alarming is the six year rise in pedestrian  and  bicycle  fatalities,  along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities  to combat  these and other devastating problems  such  as drunk  driving, speeding  and  crashes  at intersections.

 

“Years of research tell us that enforcement and education work best jointly to combat unsafe driving,” said  OTS Director Rhonda  Craft.  “This  grant brings both  tactics together, with the Office of Traffic Safety and the South San Francisco Police Department working in concert to help keep the streets and highways safe across South San Francisco and the state.”

Acti vities that the grant will fund  include:

  • DUI checkpoints
  • DUI saturation patrols
  • Bicycle and pedestrian  safety enforcement
  • Motorcycle safety enforcement
  • Distracted driving enforcement
  • Seat belt and child  safety seat enforcement
  • Speed, red light, and stop sign  enforcement
  • Warrant service operations  targeting  multiple  DUI offenders
  • Compifation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders
  • Stakeout operations to observe the “worst-of-the-worst” repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses

 

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway  Traffic  Safety Administration.

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