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11/15/18

Rancho Cordova Police Department Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

The Rancho Cordova Police Department, which provides police services on a contract basis with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries. The $185,000 grant awarded by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will support the city’s ongoing efforts to continue improving traffic safety and the quality of life in Rancho Cordova. In addition, the Rancho Cordova Police Department and Mercy San Juan Medical Center are once again joining forces to provide child safety seat, bicycle, and pedestrian education to a greater segment of our community.

“The Rancho Cordova Police Department is proud to partner with the California Office of Traffic Safety to proactively provide traffic safety outreach and education in the City of Rancho Cordova,” said Rancho Cordova Assistant Police Chief Jeff Schelldorf. “We look forward to working with our community to continue improving safety on our roadways.”

The grant from OTS will fund various education and enforcement activities for the 2019 federal fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019):

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints and saturation patrols to take suspected alcohol/drug-impaired drivers – and those unlicensed or with a revoked/suspended license – off the road.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted, impaired and teen driving, and bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Patrols at intersections with increased incidents of pedestrian and bike collisions.
  • Checking for seat belt and child safety seat compliance.
  • Conduct child safety seat checkups to promote correct usage at community locations.
  • Motorcycle safety operations in areas with high rider volume and where a higher rate of motorcycle crashes occur.
  • Speeding, red light and stop sign enforcement.
  • Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders.
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training to identify and apprehend suspected impaired drivers.

In 2016, 3,623 people were killed in crashes across the state, a seven percent increase from 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian deaths, with 867 pedestrians killed on California roadways in 2016, a nearly 33 percent increase from 2012. Along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies, such as phones and drug-impaired driving, this grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these dangerous and illegal behaviors.

“Almost all crashes are preventable,” OTS director Rhonda Craft said. “Education and enforcement go hand in hand helping change behaviors that cause devastating crashes.”

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

Sergeant Shaun Hampton

Sheriff’s Spokesman

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department/

Rancho Cordova Police Department