LA to get $6.8M for traffic safety initiatives

More than $6.8 million in federal funding will go to Los Angeles County for traffic safety grants, while Orange County will get $2.8 million, the California Office of Traffic Safety announced today.

Statewide, the Office of Traffic Safety will allocate more than $67 million in federal funds to help state, county and local law enforcement agencies enhance traffic safety initiatives. Programs to be funded include those that will combat impaired driving, encourage seat belt and child safety seat usage, initiate a statewide distracted driving campaign, enhance emergency medical services response, promote motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle safety programs, and enforce aggressive driving and other traffic laws aimed at saving lives.

"We have come a long way in California in the last four years,'' said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the OTS. "Every category of traffic fatality and injury has seen remarkable improvements. These grants will keep that momentum going.''

Many grants keep fundamental activities operating, such as DUI patrols, strategies targeting repeat DUI offenders, seat belt enforcement, and expanded teen education programs such as the Every 15 Minutes and Real DUI Trials in Schools, Murphy said.

In the city of Los Angeles, $1.8 million will be used to fund a DUI enforcement and awareness program; $367,000 for a "vertical prosecutor'' for repeat DUI offenders; $450,000, for a child passenger safety program; and $1.1 million for a traffic enforcement and collision reduction program.

In Orange County, $275,000 will go for the Orange County Medical Emergency Data System; Anaheim will get $307,116 for the "Avoid the 26'' DUI Campaign; and Santa Ana will get $291,000 for a DUI enforcement and awareness program.

The full list of grants is on the agency's website at www.ots.ca.gov.