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City awarded $171,500 in traffic safety grants

Posted: September 14, 2012 1:31 p.m.
Updated: September 14, 2012 1:31 p.m.

Santa Clarita has received two grants totaling $171,500 from the California Office of Traffic Safety, both of which focus on reducing impaired driving.

One $40,000 grant is through the Office of Traffic Safety’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program and will go toward funding saturation patrols, in which a large number of officers are concentrated in a small area to reduce and deter instances of impaired and distracted driving.

The state agency in conjunction with UC Berkley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center also granted Santa Clarita $131,500 through its Sobriety Checkpoint Grant Program.

According to UC Berkley’s SafeTREC, the checkpoint program will focus on setting up sobriety checkpoints during the winter holiday from Dec. 14, 2012, through Jan. 1, 2013, and next year’s Labor Day holiday Aug. 16–Sept. 12.

Sobriety checkpoints are generally funded through grants, said city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz, and Santa Clarita has been awarded similar traffic safety grants in the past.

“We’ve been very successful in acquiring these kinds of grants,” she said.





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