Saturday, December 20, 2008

Impaired Driver Enforcement Program

More traffic enforcement and safer streets are coming to Citrus Heights in the coming year. Increased special traffic enforcement measures are on tap as a result of a recent $106,863.00 grant awarded by the Office of Traffic Safety to the Citrus Heights Police Department. The Citrus Heights Police Department is dedicated to keeping our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.

The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant is to assist in efforts to deal with increased traffic safety problems and reduce the number of persons injured and killed in traffic collisions. The grant activities will specifically target DUI offenders and drivers with suspended or revoked licenses. This will be done through the use of DUI and driver’s license checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols and special enforcement operations aimed at drivers with suspended driver’s licenses who continue to drive.

The grant follows a 2007/2008 grant that funded the purchase of a DUI trailer, lighting equipment, traffic control signs, digital cameras, portable breath test equipment and overtime to conduct special enforcement activities.

“When more people buckle-up and drive sober and safely, we save lives. It’s just that simple,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant will help make Citrus Heights just that much safer of a place to live and work.”

Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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