Modesto gets grant for traffic safety

October 9, 2013 

— The Modesto Police Department was awarded a $179,515 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a yearlong program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on area roads through enforcement and public awareness efforts.

“We are very fortunate to have received this traffic safety funding from the state, which will enhance our efforts on improving traffic safety in Modesto,” Cpt. Rick Armendariz said in a news release. “This funding will assist us in our commitment to ensuring Modesto streets are safe to travel by combating drunk and impaired driving; taking enforcement action on those motorists who speed through our city, and targeting those who fail to obey other traffic safety laws and use unsafe driving practices.”

Activities the grant will fund include specialized DUI and drugged-driving training; 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; and stakeout operations to observe the “worst of the worst” repeat DUI offender who are on probation and have a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

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