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Source: La Mesa Police
October 15, 2019 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Police Department has been awarded a $95,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long enforcement and public awareness program. The program will include a variety of outreach to educate the public, as well as enforcement actions ranging from DUI patrols to seat belt and child safety seat compliance.

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 fatalities. 
The grant from OTS will fund various education and enforcement activities for the 2020 federal fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020):
  • DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols to take suspected alcohol/drug- impaired drivers – and those unlicensed or with a revoked/suspended license – off the road. 
  • “Know Your Limit” DUI community outreach and education programs. 
  • Patrols at intersections with increased incidents of pedestrian and bike collisions. 
  • Checking for seat belt and child safety seat compliance. 
  • Distracted Driving enforcement operations. 
  • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders. 
  • Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders 
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training to identify and apprehend suspected impaired drivers. 
“Getting in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous things we do,” OTS director Barbara Rooney said. “We must continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to shift that realization and make traveling on our roads safer.”

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