The Lodi Police Department has been awarded two grants worth $182,300 to conduct sobriety checkpoints and enforcement targeting unsafe driving.
“Our goal is to go out there and focus on those violations and those issues that are getting our citizens hurt and killed, and to reduce those injuries and deaths,” said Lodi Police Sgt. Shad Canestrino.
The California Office of Traffic Safety awarded the department $89,350 for special traffic enforcement and educating residents on traffic safety. The grant will allow police to conduct patrols focused on distracted driving, as well as speed enforcement and more.
Lodi also received $92,950 from OTS to conduct 12 DUI checkpoints during the coming year, as well as to purchase equipment for the checkpoint and pay for overtime.
Lastly, the department will receive a countywide grant that will provide for one additional checkpoint in the coming year.
Canestrino said Lodi has a high number of traffic collisions, DUI arrests, hit-and-runs and other traffic-related incidents compared to cities of a similar size in California.
These grants, however, will provide police with necessary tools to combat the common factors likely to cause traffic incidents. That includes sending officers to classes that teach them to better spot impaired drivers.
“I don’t think we have to look any further back than the last couple weeks or a month to realize that impaired drivers still take a heavy toll on people in the city of Lodi,” Canestrino said. “We’ve had a number of fatal accidents here, a number of people killed, and some of those are alcohol-related.”
The grants will also allow police to participate in an Every 15 Minutes program, conduct child safety seat inspections and educate people on the risks of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Addition grants uses include:
- 36 DUI patrols.
- 27 distracted driving patrols.
- 14 traffic enforcement patrols, which will monitor the roadways for excessive speed and failure to yield, as well as allowing police to increase efforts around dangerous intersections.
- 10 motorcycle patrols.
- 4 sweeps for individuals with DUI warrants.
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