This past week, the Ventura Police Department received a nearly $100,000 grant to aid the agency in a yearlong DUI and traffic crash prevention program. The grant was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety and amounted to $99,972.
The new grant comes as a replacement of a previous grant awarded in September, resulting in a decrease in funds. According to officials from the Ventura Police Department, the decrease in funds will likely mean that the department will conduct fewer DUI and sobriety checkpoints in the coming year. However, officials also noted that training and DUI enforcement efforts will largely stay the same as planned.
A Focus on Impaired Driving
Ventura Police has noted that while alcohol-related traffic fatalities have decreased in the area, impaired driving still remains a leading cause of traffic deaths. Because of this, the agency is focusing enforcement efforts on cracking down on motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. Funds from the grant will also be put toward enforcing various distracted driving traffic laws, including texting while driving bans.
The grant is yet another reminder to local residents that law enforcement officers and court officials throughout Ventura County are intent on arresting, prosecuting, and convicting individuals accused of DUI. Additional funds mean increased patrols and more trained officers, as well as more intensified crack downs during the holiday season – a time notorious for higher rates of alcohol related accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
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