File photo by Joshua Miller.
File photo by Joshua Miller.

Information provided by the Hollister Police Department.

The Hollister Police Department received a one-year traffic education and enforcement grant, according to a recent press release. The grant is expected to fund various activities starting Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2020 intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.

The release did not mention how much money the grant provided, but said funds from the California Office of Traffic Safety will be used for programs that include:

  •  DUI/driver’s license checkpoints.
  • Patrols specifically looking for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers.
  • 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 risks.
  • Patrols targeting the primary causes of crashes: speeding, improper turns, running stop signs or signals, right-of-way violations and driving on the wrong side of the road.
  • Patrols specifically looking for seat belt and child safety seat violations.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted and impaired driving, bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Serving warrants to multiple DUI offenders.
  • Creating “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders.
  • Officer training to identify suspected impaired drivers and conduct sobriety tests.

“Getting in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous things we do,” Office of Traffic Safety Director Barbara Rooney said. “We must continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to shift that realization and make traveling on our roads safer.”