|RPDPS gets a big assist for traffic safety effort
The Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety has been awarded a $249,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on local roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts.
The grant received by Rohnert Park will aid in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life. RPDPS said it will use the funding as part of an ongoing commitment to keep streets safe through both enforcement and education.
“We have been fortunate to have the support from OTS for the past three years,” said Sgt. Aaron Johnson, head of the RPDPS Traffic Division. “Teamwork is an integral part in our mission to reduce traffic fatalities. In Rohnert Park, we also look to our community members as part of the team. With their cooperation we can achieve our goal in making Rohnert Park the safest city on the 101. This grant will also allow us to deploy an additional motorcycle officer into the community.”
The grant will assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions. While traffic deaths from all causes declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, they rose by 2.6 percent in 2011. State and federal officials anticipate that figures will show another rise for 2012. DUI deaths remain the largest sector at nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities. 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 (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE).
Other areas of emphasis will include: DUI saturation patrols; 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 worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders; and 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.