Chula Vista Police Department receives grant in effort to prevent traffic-related deaths, injuries

Posted at 2:01 PM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 17:01:50-04

CHULA VISTA, (KGTV) - The Chula Vista Police Department has been awarded a grant for a year-long program to help prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries.

The $530,000 grant was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety and will be used for special enforcements and public awareness efforts.

After a decline in 2010, the number of people killed on roadways has increased 17 percent across the state, with 3,429 fatalities in 2015.

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The number of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths.

“Unsafe behaviors account for 94 percent of traffic crashes,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “This grant emphasizes the two most effective ways to change behaviors – education and enforcement.  The Chula Vista Police Department, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will use these tools to help keep Chula Vista streets safe.”

Below is a list of activities the grant will fund: 

•           DUI checkpoints

•           DUI saturation patrols

•           Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement

•           Motorcycle safety enforcement

•           Distracted driving enforcement

•           Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement

•           Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement

Click on the image below for a map of DUI offenses in the City of Chula Vista within the last week: