Concord Police Receive Grant for Special Traffic Enforcement & Crash Prevention

November 14, 2012 14:00 pm · 16 comments

The Concord Police Department has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts.

The grant received by Concord will aid in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life. The Concord Police Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.

“Over the course of the past three years, vehicle collisions have claimed 20 lives and resulted in 1301 injury crashes harming 1806 of our friends and neighbors,” said Chief of Police Guy Swanger.

The grant will assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions.

While traffic deaths from all causes declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, state and federal officials anticipate that figures will show a slight rise in 2011. DUI deaths remain the largest sector, at nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities. Recent trends show increases in two new categories – distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.

Activities that the grant will fund include:

  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE).
  • DUI Saturation Patrols
  • Motorcycle safety enforcement
  • Distracted driving enforcement
  • Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement
  • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders
  • Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders
  • Stakeout operations to observe the “worst of the worst” repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses

“Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Concord Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

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

Grant November 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Walnut Creek needs to get a grant like this. They got rid of their traffic enforcement program and long before that they did away with the radar trailer for neighborhood safety education. Obviously there is money out there for such programs…why aren’t all depts trying to get some of it?

Broke in colony park November 14, 2012 at 2:28 PM

They need to do something about Mohr, Bentley, Nuala, Oasis, Whitman

Randome Task November 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

hmmm so concord won this competition ..who else was in it and lost ….this sure sounds like regular old police work or does police work not include traffic safety….so my questions are what is a california (office) of traffic safety and how much money are these fools holding onto and who is running this thing ….as well as the national (highway ) traffic safety blah blah …i mean 150,000 dollars to concord CA …..that is a wad of dough and really how much does this office have and how much is it granting each year and the national (fund i shall call it ) how much is it holding out form the kitty as well …… i love it when big govornment creates shell admistrations to shuttle money around and such …seems to me there should be some questions answered as to why the state is broke and yet funds keep popping up all over the place

Randome Task November 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

so with your thinking cap on ..lets see where does funds/adminstrations get their cash ….prob taxes i am guessing ….because it sure is not donations …..and this state ounce again threatened the schools and people all went up in arms and raised the taxes again ….when are we going to stop falling for this garbage and ask to see the books just to see how many of these shell admins.offices there are and i know that concord has quite a few so the state must have hundreds and just one question take a lower class income say 30k a year and multiply that times the population of said concord or the state now last year it was around 37 million people just for fun say the taxes are 1/3 lol 10k x 37,000,000 my math is not good so you can add it up that seems like a whole lot of money ..and is on the low side of course because we went with the low side …now my question is how close do you think the books are to that number …..close way higher or maybe even lower than that ….who knows but i would like to know if anyone does know …….sure this is just for fun so no teasing but really all these funds pop up out of the woodwork with money to burn ….there needs to be a change and a new structure for sure or maybe not maybe it is just fine ……maybe

Randome Task November 14, 2012 at 2:56 PM

lol and the rest of the page on website is full of robberies …and the grants are for traffic and checkpoints …lol yeah more dui’s and let the robberies commence ….incase no one is paying attention the crime or clayton concord and walnutcreek is going through the roof ….hoodie guy with black gun monument getting robbed 2 times a day lol ok more cops into the class for dui affermation ……..too funny ….as i said long time ago …welcome to New Oakland ….same crimes new area code

S November 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Hopefully they will start giving tickets at the intersection of Market and Concord Ave. I see so many people running the light to get on to 242 at dangerous speeds.

WC44 November 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Ahhh…….the smell of more wasted tax dollars. And since it is federal money it is just borrowed from China.

Howard K Mullins III November 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM

What confuses me is that all this money is tax money. Its the same damn money we all pay each and every day.

The money goes to the Feds, they take a bug share and peace mill the rest back, trying to make returning our own money looks like some sort award or achievement.

Its no achievement, its ” our own money.

I hope this “grant” works out for the best, its just a damn shame that we have to work so hard for our own money, again.

WTF November 14, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I guess now that they have/can/will raise taxes the state can start spending … er wasting money again. It’s like they got a brand new Visa card even though they haven’t paid off the old one(s)

Elwood November 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Always good to see idiots posting that traffic enforcement is a waste of money.

How many people are killed in burglaries and robberies compared to traffic accidents?

TinFoiler November 14, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Thumbs Up! Love the comments. People see through the excrement!
I would say Antioch is in Desperate need of this program (LOL) before Concord.

Jerk November 14, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Elwood, I only see 1 idiot and I’m not looking in the mirror.
Post number 10. Majority Rules.

No Left Turns November 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM

150K in sweetheart money to do the job you’re already paid to do. Doesn’t pass the small test, I’d like to see receipts.

Anon November 14, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Can’t wait for the motorcycle check points maybe they will catch each other since every cop with a Harley has changed their pipes and installed a race tuner.

Sunstar November 14, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Didn’t know that Anon, I guess that’s why thy’re so loud now.

KAD November 15, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Click on the ad links folks. You might find a good deal.

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