SALINAS – The Salinas Police Department has been awarded $160,000 to generate new traffic safety programming, the city of Salinas announced this week.
The funding was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The city said it will go toward increasing patrols throughout the community, as well as providing other traffic safety programs to help reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on roads.
“This grant funding allows us to support our ongoing traffic safety efforts in the city of Salinas,” Salinas Police Chief Roberto Filice said in a press release. “Our intent is to stop the most unlawful and dangerous behaviors that put people at risk and create an environment where everyone feels safe traveling.”
Salinas Police plan to provide a host of additional resources and programs with the state grant, including DUI checkpoints and patrols focused on stopping suspected impaired drivers, enforcement operations focused on dangerous driver behaviors that put people biking or walking at particular risk and opportunities to complete and/or become re-certified in various officer training courses.
Other practices the department hopes to augment with the boost in funding range from targeting drivers in violation of California’s hand-free cell phone law (which prevents drivers from holding a cell phone while on the road) to collaborating with neighboring agencies.
The grant program will run through September 2023.