FREMONT, Calif. — Thanks to a $97,000 grant from the California Office of Transportation Safety to the department through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Fremont Police Department can increase patrols and provide other traffic safety programs across the city.
“This grant allows us to support our ongoing traffic safety efforts in our community,” Fremont Police said in a news release. “Our purpose is to stop the most illegal and most dangerous ways to put people at risk. risky behavior and create an environment where everyone feels safe to travel.”
Fremont PD said the grant funds will help pay for additional programs and resources to assist Fremont PD with DUI checkpoints and patrols focused on deterring suspected impaired drivers.
The grant will also allow the department to conduct “high-visibility distracted driving enforcement operations” targeting drivers who violate California’s hands-free cellphone laws, with enforcement operations focused on the most dangerous driver behaviors, including the most serious violations that lead to crashes, such as Speeding, failure to yield, stop signs and/or running red lights, and improper turns or lane changes,” the department said.
Funding will also enable the department to educate the community on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, driving obstacles, speeding, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and help pay for collaborative enforcement efforts with neighboring agencies, according to the release.
The Fremont Police Department said officer training and recertification and enforcement actions for violations in street racing and sideshows will also be funded by the grant.