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San Ramon police awarded grant for traffic education, enforcement

$30,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety

The San Ramon Police Department has received a $30,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a one-year enforcement and education program, and police officials say the money will go a long way in helping increase traffic safety around their city.

Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety -- through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- and will be used on a variety of programs geared toward reducing traffic related deaths and injuries on local roads.

“We are grateful to once again be a grant recipient from the California Office of Traffic Safety. This grant will assist us in providing traffic safety education in our community and promoting safe motoring in our city,” San Ramon Police Chief Craig Stevens said in a statement.

Police officials say the funds will be used in a variety of ways to make roads safer including:

* Patrols that will specifically target drivers not adhering to California’s hands-free cell phone law while also on the lookout for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers.

* Traffic safety education for young drivers and other community members.

* Creating “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders.

* Officer training on identifying impaired drivers.

Funds will also be used to help increase patrols that are on the lookout for the primary causes of crashes such as speeding, improper turns, running stop signs and right-of-way violations to name a few.

“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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