No Costa Mesa Traffic Related Deaths in 2012!
TRENDING THE RIGHT WAY
According to the information provided, traffic related deaths are on the rise across the nation, which makes this accomplishment by the drivers in this city and those who enforce our traffic laws that much more noteworthy. The release says, in part, "Overall, the Police Department credits the community for safer driving practices." It also attributes this accomplishment to "education, deterrence, and directed enforcement by the Police Department's Traffic Safety Bureau."
instrumental resources in the ongoing efforts to improve roadway safety. With over 1 million vehicles traveling city thoroughfares on a daily basis, efficent use of resources, coupled with state grant funding have provided an effective approach."
The press release provided the following statistics for the past three calendar years:
DUI Injury Collisions 56 62 54
DUI Non-Injury 118 112 143
DOING MORE WITH LESS
This information is made even more relevant when you consider that the CMPD has been operating in a severly under-manned mode for the past several years. In addition to the authorized strength of sworn officers being only 131, down from a high of 164 only a couple years ago, in actuality the CMPD is working with many fewer officers on the street than that due to injuries and retirements. It's our understanding that Chief Tom Gazsi is working on plans to improve that situation as quickly as possible.