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SDSUPD Receives Traffic Safety Grant

The grant will be used to keep roadways safe through both enforcement and education.
By SDSU News Team

The San Diego State University Police Department has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety  for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries.

The SDSU Police Department will use the funding as part of the universities ongoing commitment to keep roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012. There have also been recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies.

Every one counts

This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding.

“California’s roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said California Office of Traffic Safety Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The SDSU Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share — toward zero deaths, every one counts.”

Activities funded by the grant include:

  • DUI checkpoints
  • DUI saturation patrols
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)

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