Cotati Police Dept. receives grant for special traffic enforcement
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The Cotati Police Dept. received a $41,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a yearlong program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on the city’s roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts.
While traffic deaths from all causes in California declined by nearly 39 percent from 2006-10, state and federal officials anticipate a slight increase in 2011.

“DUI deaths remain the largest sector at nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities,” Cotati Police Chief Michael Parrish said. “Recent trends show increases in two new categories – distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.”

Activities the grant will fund include:

• Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Drug Recognition Evaluator;

• DUI saturation patrols;

• 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;

• Compilation of DUI “hot sheets,” identifying the worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders;

• Court “sting” operations to cite individuals driving from court after having their driver’s license suspended or revoked for drunk driving;

• Stakeout operations to observe repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked drivers licenses.

“Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006” OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy said. “The Cotati Police Dept. will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – toward zero deaths. Everyone counts.”

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