The Oxnard Police Department was awarded a $533,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The grant will support the ongoing enforcement and education programs to help reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on our roads.
Oxnard Police Chief Jason Benites stated, “Improving traffic safety in our city continues to be a priority for our department. We must continue the work to keep Oxnard’s drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians safe on our roadways. This grant award will help us increase our efforts, using education and enforcement, to help make our streets safer for our community. We will especially focus on critical factors such as distracted driving, impaired driving, and speeding violations.”
The grant will provide additional programs and resources, including:
- DUI checkpoints and patrols focused on stopping suspected impaired drivers.
- High-visibility distracted driving enforcement operations targeting drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law.
- Enforcement operations focused on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of people biking or walking at risk.
- Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes: speeding, failure to yield, stop sign and/or red-light running, and improper turning or lane changes.
- Community presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding and bicycle and pedestrian safety.
- Collaborative enforcement efforts with neighboring agencies.
- Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
The grant program will run through September 2024.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.