2024 OTS Grant Program Kickoff

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Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Don Olson

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Riverside County Sheriff’s Office- Palm Desert  Awarded Grant from the Office of Traffic Safety for Traffic Enforcement Program to Increase Safety on Roads

Palm Desert, Calif. – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office– Palm Desert was awarded a $102,341.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The grant will support our ongoing enforcement and education programs to help reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on our roads.

“This funding will strengthen our commitment to public safety in our community,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Don Olson said. “We will be able to increase our efforts in making our roads safer for everyone and focus on critical areas such as distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding.”

The grant will provide additional programs and resources, including:

  • DUI checkpoints and patrols focused on stopping suspected impaired drivers.
  • High-visibility distracted driving enforcement operations targeting drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law.
  • Enforcement operations focused on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of people biking or walking at risk.
  • 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.
  • A warrant services sweep which will focus on individuals residing in the City of Palm desert with active traffic related arrest warrants in order to help combat traffic related issues in the city.
  • Know Your Limit” program which is intended to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, and how little it takes to reach the legal limit to drive a vehicle.
  • Collaborative enforcement efforts with neighboring agencies.
  • Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

The grant program will run through September 2024.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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