The Napa Police Department has been awarded a $115,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries.
After falling to a 10-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, police said. Pedestrian and bicycle fatalities now comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths.
Activities that the grant will fund include: Educational presentations, DUI checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols, bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement, motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement, seat belt and child safety seat enforcement, speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement.
While alcohol remains the worst offender for DUI crashes, Napa Police Chief Steve Potter said prescription medications and marijuana can also be impairing by themselves, or in combination with alcohol, and can result in a DUI arrest.
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.