$100,000 Grant to Aid Menifee Police in Traffic Enforcement

News release from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department: Menifee Police Department has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Cali...

News release from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department:

Menifee Police Department has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts.

The grant received by Menifee Police Department will aid in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and quality of life. Menifee Police Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.

"The Menifee Police Department is dedicated to making the roadways safe for all motorists in the city of Menifee. The Menifee Police Department will combine our aggressive enforcement efforts with public education to ensure continued motorist safety throughout the year," said Captain Mike Judge.

The grant will assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions. While traffic deaths from all causes declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, they rose by 2.6 percent in 2011. State and federal officials anticipate that figures will show another rise for 2012. DUI deaths remain the largest sector, at nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities. Recent trends show increases in two new categories – distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.

Activities that the grant will fund include:

-- Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE).
-- DUI Saturation Patrols
-- Motorcycle safety enforcement
-- Distracted driving enforcement
-- Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
-- Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement
-- Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders
-- Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders

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

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