The Fontana Police Department received a $325,000 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 local roads.

“The Fontana Police Department has a long-standing and strong relationship with the California Office of Traffic Safety. We look forward to continuing our work together in the upcoming year, combatting traffic safety issues and thereby saving lives. Our organization takes the safety of its residents and the motoring public seriously and will work throughout the year to ensure the streets of Fontana are safe,” said Police Chief William Green.

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.

• 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.”

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