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State grant set to fund MV Police DUI patrols

Local DUI saturation patrols and safety enforcements involving decoy pedestrians could be in the forecast as part of a $65,000 grant the California Office of Traffic Safety recently awarded to the Mountain View Police Department.

The funding, a slice of the $84 million the OTS distributed to agencies across the state via 303 separate grants, is paying for a yearlong program of special enforcements and public awareness campaigns to prevent traffic-related injuries and deaths. The program began Oct. 1 and is slated to run through Sept. 30, 2020.

“We care deeply about how we can continue to educate, inform and enhance safety behavior for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, and this grant will allow us to accomplish that and more in the coming year,” said Lt. Mike Canfield, who manages MVPD’s weekday day-shift patrol teams and traffic units.

In addition to possible DUI saturation patrols, MVPD’s money will fund educational presentations and safety enforcements related to bicycles and pedestrians, motorcycles, seat belt usage, speeding, red-light running and stop-sign adherence.

The grants are part of the annual OTS Safety Plan with funding through the National Traffic Safety Administration. Recipients include law enforcement agencies, public health departments, fire departments, universities, state agencies, district attorney offices, nonprofit traffic safety organizations and transportation planning agencies.

The grants are awarded “based on data demonstrating identifiable traffic safety problems, proposed strategies to address the problem, as well as a demonstrated ability to show effectiveness in reducing traffic deaths and injuries,” according to an OTS press release.

In Mountain View, the money could help the El Camino Real-Highway 237 intersection, within neighborhoods and around schools, said Katie Nelson, MVPD police spokeswoman.

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