The safety of everyone traveling is the focus of a grant recently awarded to the Inglewood Police Department. The $242,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will assist the Inglewood Police Department in its efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on Inglewood roads.
“These are trying times, and now more than ever, it is important that we are at the forefront of traffic safety,” Chief Mark Fronterotta said. “This funding allows us to educate and enhance the safety of all residents.”
The one-year grant is for the 2021 federal fiscal year, which started Oct. 1 and runs to Sept. 30, 2021.
The grant will fund a variety of traffic safety programs, including:
—Patrols with emphasis on alcohol and drug-impaired driving prevention.
Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of California s hands free cell phone law.
—Patrols with emphasis on education of traffic rights for bicyclists and pedestrians.
—Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of primary causes of crashes: excess speed, failure to yield, failure to stop at stop signs/signals, improper turning/lane changes.
—Community education presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, DUI, speed, bicycle and pedestrian safety.
—Collaborative efforts with neighboring agencies on traffic safety priorities.
—Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
“Through education and behavior changes, we anticipate creating an environment that is safe and equitable for everyone using the roadway system in our community,” Fronterotta said.