The grants will prioritize the safety of our drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians
The Watsonville Police Department has been awarded two grants totaling $125,800 that will prioritize the safety of our drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
An $80,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will allow us to provide necessary traffic enforcement measures to deter dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of serious injury and fatal crashes in our community.
“Impairment, speeding, and other dangerous driving behaviors jeopardize the safety of other people on the road,” Watsonville Police Department Sergeant, Donny Thul said.
The grant will pay for additional efforts including:
Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes: speeding, failure to yield, stop sign and/or red-light running, and improper turning or lane changes.
Community education presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, DUI, speeding, and bicycle and pedestrian safety.
A $45,800 grant will focus specifically on the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.
“Our roads are increasingly riskier for people who walk or ride their bike,” OTS Director Barbara Rooney said. “The goal of this funding is to reverse the growing trend of bicyclist and pedestrian-involved crashes by educating the public on safe road behaviors.”
Grant funds will pay for a comprehensive safety program that will teach valuable skills for all types of road users:
These grant programs will run through September 2022. Funding was provided by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.