The Santa Clarita City Council is expected to accept a new $150,000 grant Tuesday from the state Office of Traffic Safety to fund eight DUI checkpoints, 12 saturation patrols to deter drunk driving and other programs to increase safety.
The state provides funding annually for the city’s DUI and driver’s license checkpoints, which are intended to “reduce the number of persons killed and injured in crashes involving alcohol, speeding, red light running and other primary collision factors,” a city staff report says.
DUI checkpoints are intended to take intoxicated drivers off the street and educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving.
Other programs funded by the grant are “operations targeting motorcycle safety, red light enforcement, intersections with disproportionate traffic collisions, court stings and warrant service. The grant will also fund a DUI trailer, checkpoint supplies and training for public safety personnel,” the report says.
The city of Santa Clarita contracts for police services with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which operates the various safety programs.
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