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Fremont Police Department (CA)
Wednesday November 1st, 2017 :: 09:00 a.m. PDT


Fremont Police Department Receives Grant For Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2017    
Lt. Mark Dang
The Fremont Department has been awarded a $165,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries.   The Fremont Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.
After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed on roadways has climbed nearly 17 percent across the state, with 3,429 fatalities in 2015.  Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities that now comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies and the emergence of drug-impaired driving. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as speeding and crashes at intersections.
“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 Fremont Police Department, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will use these tools to help keep Fremont streets safe.”
Activities that the grant will fund include:

  • Traffic Safety educational presentations
  • DUI checkpoints
  • DUI saturation patrols
  • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders who fail to appear in court
  • Highly publicized bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement
  • Highly publicized motorcycle safety enforcement
  • Highly publicized distracted driving enforcement
  • Traffic Safety Campaigns: National Walk to School Day, NHTSA Winter and Summer Mobilization, National Bicycle Safety Month, National Click It or Tick It Mobilization, National Teen Driver Safety Week, National Distracted Driver Awareness Month, National Motorcycle Safety Month, National Child Passenger Safety Week and California’s Pedestrian Safety Month.
  • Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
  • Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement
  • Training related to identification, investigation and apprehension of impaired drivers
  • Equipment purchases and acquisitions: Vehicle Speed Feedback Signs, DUI checkpoint supplies and preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) device and calibration supplies
While alcohol remains the worst offender for DUI crashes, Fremont Police Chief Richard Lucero supports the new effort from OTS that aims to drive awareness that, "DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze."  Prescription medications and marijuana can also be impairing by themselves or in combination with alcohol, and can result in a DUI arrest.  

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fremont Police Department (CA)
2000 Stevenson Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538

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