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BPD receives $405,000 grant for traffic safety program

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The Bakersfield Police Department has received a $405,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to help raise public awareness for traffic safety.

The traffic safety program is intended to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to injuries and death.

The grant will help fund various activities such as:

  • DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted, impaired and teen driving
  • Patrols at intersections with increased incidents of pedestrian and bike collisions
  • Checking for seat belt and child safety seat compliance
  • Motorcycle safety operations in areas with high rider volume and where higher rate of motorcycle crashes occur
  • Speeding, red light and stop sign enforcement
  • Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training to identify and apprehend suspected impaired drivers

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The grant is set for the 2019 fiscal year running from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2019.

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