Santa Monica News
The Santa Monica Police Department has been awarded several new grants by the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This new program will allow the Santa Monica Police Department to increase the number of DUI check points throughout the year. It will also help fund training that will allow officers to better detect suspected DUI offenders.
Officials propose that driving under the influence is one of America’s most deadly crimes—resulting in nearly 800 deaths and over 24,000 injuries in California in 2010 alone. DUI checkpoints, however, are reported to decrease crashes involving alcohol by 20 percent if such checkpoints are adequately publicized. Authorities also state that these check points are extremely cost effective.
Some of the additional new funding will go to enforcing current distracted driver, motorcycle safety and speed, red light, and stop sign laws as well as the potential consequences of such actions.
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