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Downey Police Department
Thursday November 14th, 2019 :: 01:35 p.m. PST


Downey Police Department Awarded Traffice Education and Enforcement Grant from the OTS

The Downey Police Department has been awarded a $300,000 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 California roads.

“Beginning October 1st and continuing into the New Year, you will see stepped up enforcement watching closely for traffic violators and anyone who is driving impaired,” said Chief Dean Milligan. “We want to keep our roads safe for all travelers, so we will have zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving.”

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.”

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Downey Police Department
10911 Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA 90241

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 562-861-0771

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