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RCPD Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

Post Date:12/09/2019 4:11 PM

The Rancho Cordova Police Department was awarded a $55,000 grant by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long traffic safety education and enforcement program. 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 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 partnering with our residents to keep our community safe on our roadways.”

The grant will support various education and enforcement activities for the 2020 federal fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020):

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints and saturation patrols take alcohol and drug-impaired drivers, as well as those driving without a license or a revoked or suspended license, off the road.
  • 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.
  • Speeding, red light and stop sign enforcement.
  • Checking for seat belt and child safety seat compliance.
  • Conduct child safety seat checkups to promote correct usage at community locations.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted, impaired and teen driving, and bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders.
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training to identify and apprehend suspected impaired drivers.

“Getting in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous things we do,” said OTS Director Barbara Rooney. “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.

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