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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday October 21st, 2019 :: 05:14 p.m. PDT

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New Traffic Safety Grant

Nature of Incident: New Traffic Safety Grant
Location: Cities of Camarillo Moorpark and Thousand Oaks
 
Date & Time: October 1, 2019 through September 30,2020
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Traffic Bureau
Narrative:
 
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office was Awarded Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant From the OTS
 
Ventura County, Calif. – The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office received a $349,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a one-year enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.
 
The grant-related activities are for the 2020 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020.
 
The funding from the OTS will be used for numerous programs, including:
  • DUI/driver’s license checkpoints.
  • Patrols specifically looking for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers.
  • Patrols targeting violations of California’s hands-free cell phone law and vehicle code violations by drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians that put other roadway users at risk.
  • Patrols targeting the primary causes of crashes: Speeding, improper turns, running stop signs or signals, right-of-way violations and driving on the wrong side of the road.
  • Patrols specifically looking for seat belt and child safety seat violations.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted and impaired driving, bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Serving warrants to multiple DUI offenders.
  • Creating “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders.
  • Officer training to identify suspected impaired drivers and conduct sobriety tests.
 
“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.”
 
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Prepared by:
Sgt. Paul Richards  
News Release Date: Thursday, October 18, 2019  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Paul Richards
805-388-5132
 
 
Approved by:
 
 
 
Capt. Shane Matthews  
       
 
 

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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009

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