Thursday, January 12, 2012

CMPD Receives Traffic Safety Grant

In a press release today the Costa Mesa Police Department announced the receipt of very significant grant funding from the Office of Traffic Safety to be used to improve traffic safety in our city. I've published the text of that press release below, but the titles and emphasis is mine.


This is more good news for the residents of Costa Mesa and the vi
sitors to our city. At a time when the CMPD is trying to find ways to continue to provide excellent service to our community despite severe staff reductions imposed by the current City Council, grants such as this one help maximize the effectiveness of our resources.


Costa Mesa Police Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways. The $183,448 grant awarded by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to Costa Mesa will aid in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life. New equipment purchases and special traffic enforcement measures will be instituted by the Costa Mesa Police Department as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.

“The Costa Mesa Community and Police Department are grateful for the ongoing support from the Office of Traffic Safety in supporting our DUI enforcement endeavors,” said Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi. “We do believe that these valuable programs save lives and help in educating the community.”The grant will assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to reduce the number of person skilled and injured in traffic collisions. Traffic deaths from all causes declined in California by 11.9 percent, from 3,081 killed in 2009 to 2,715 in 2010. While alcohol impaired deaths saw a sharp decline last year, DUI deaths remain the largest sector, at more than 30 percent of traffic fatalities.

The grant activities will specifically target DUI offenders, Motorcycle Safety, drivers with suspended or revoked licenses, red light running, speeding, and seatbelt violations. This will be done through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, special enforcement operations, and court stings where DUI offenders with suspended or revoked licenses get behind the wheel after leaving court.

“Thanks to the dedicated hard work of agencies like the Costa Mesa Police Department, California has the fewest traffic fatalities since 1944,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “While this is good news,we know that only by keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness can we hope to sustain these declines and save lives.”

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints are a key component of the grant. These highly visible, widely publicized events are meant to deter impaired driving, not to increase arrests. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.

This grant also provides drug impairment training to help combat the increasing problem of drivers under the influence of legal and illegal substances. Grant funding will allow 2 officers to receive specialized training to detect impaired drivers under the influence of legal and illegal drugs. This training will provide on-the-spot assessment of drivers suspected of drug impairment.

For a third year in a row, at least 2 special motorcycle safety enforcement operations will be conducted as part of the grant. Motorcycle fatalities have finally dropped in California, following a decade long rise in deaths. In 2010, 353 motorcyclists were killed, a 37 percent drop from the all time high for California in 2008.

Costa Mesa Police Officers will be conducting specialized enforcement efforts throughout the next eight months. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas and events where motorcycle crashes and incidents have occurred. Officers will be cracking down on traffic violations made by regular vehicle drivers and motorcyclists that result in far too many motorcycle collisions, injuries and deaths.

“We are on the right path with declining fatalities,” said Murphy. “We have to stick to that path so that some day we can 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.

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Anonymous Riggy's 2 Chins said...

Riggy- "If it's coming from the State, we don't want it, it's bad, it's evil, it's full of union money and we can't support their pensions. This is why we need this City to be a Charter City, so the State will stop trying to help with public safety"

1/12/2012 01:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Boring said...

Don't let facts or relevancy get in your way:

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

1/12/2012 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

That was clearly stated in the last paragraph in the Press Release... and your point is?

1/12/2012 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Check the agreement for facts said...

Does anyone think this is not union driven?

Check the actual agreement. There are lots of quotas that need to be hit in order to qualify for these funds.

That is code word for revenue generation to fund union compensation.

Who actually pays? Right. You, me and our residents.

Reality is that it is a union initiative.

1/12/2012 04:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Riggys 2 Chins said...

Piggy " If this is from the Federal Government, send it back. I don't want the Feds coming in here and telling me how to run my city. To much Government equals too many pensions"

1/12/2012 04:57:00 PM  
Blogger valan2 said...

I guess I'll never cease to be amazed by the "reasoning" some people apply to things. "Check the agreement..." thinks traffic safety is a ploy to support the unions! I hope he or she is being facetious. Maybe if we stop enforcing traffic laws, the unions will go away and the budget will become magically balanced! This is the kind of thinking we need to lead our city out of bankruptcy.

1/12/2012 06:42:00 PM  
Blogger Angry White Man said...

It's really a ploy to lure cops into working overtime so the corrupt coun-sell men can post it on the city site as "total compensation" and say how overpaid all the city employees are.

1/12/2012 09:33:00 PM  
Anonymous wannagohome said...

The city is already forcing officers to work OT beyond what many of them want. Not everybody wants to be at work doing that job 24/7. Some would like to see their familys more than a couple hours a week but at the staffing levels they're at now, they are being held over on their work shifts on a regular basis.
While a program like this has it's merits, it will either increase the workload of the few officers already being over worked in this dept or it will take away from patrol elsewhere.
I imagine that the OC Register is just waiting to spin the OT inflated salarys of the officers who are forced to work these additional traffic duties as more examples of greedy union thugs at the trough.

1/13/2012 07:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Will said...

This is good news. People will be glad because it brings an excellent services to the community. :D

2/08/2012 04:45:00 AM  

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