We are thrilled to announce that after a successful grant program last year, the Mountain View Police Department has been awarded a $115,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries.
MVPD will use the funding as part of our department's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education. We continue to receive input from our community on how our roadways, bike lanes and sidewalks can be improved safety-wise, and this grant will absolutely assist us in those efforts.
"We are excited to continue our work to keep the roads of Mountain View safe," said Lt. Saul Jaeger. "We say time and again that traffic safety is everyone's responsibility, and we are a part of that effort. I look forward to the year ahead and our work to ensure safety for all."
After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed on roadways has climbed nearly 17 percent across the state, with 3,429 fatalities in 2015, according to the OTS. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities that now comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies and the emergence of drug-impaired driving. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as speeding and crashes at intersections.
Activities that the grant will fund include:
• Educational presentations
• DUI saturation patrols
• Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement
• Motorcycle safety enforcement
• Distracted driving enforcement
• Seat belt enforcement
• Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
We will keep you posted as our efforts progress, and we appreciate everyone taking the time to ensure they are safe on the road, be it in a car, on a bike or even walking. Have a very happy holiday, and remember, buckle up and be safe!