The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcement and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will use the funding as part of the County’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.
After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2013. Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracted driving. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving along with speeding and the aforementioned distracted driving.
“California’s roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users.” The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”
These grant funds will be disseminated and used primarily for DUI saturations and specific traffic enforcement operations within the contract cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Yucaipa, Chino Hills, Highland, Victorville, Hesperia and Apple Valley.
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Any specific questions about the grant or planned programs should be directed to the department contact person listed below.
CONTACT: Sergeant Phill Dupper (900) 477-2800
(source: SBSD – Headquarters press release)