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Police Traffic Services

Education and enforcement are two very important components of collision reduction. Either component taken alone is inadequate. The Police Traffic Safety program focuses on a comprehensive approach to enforce and encourage compliance with seat belt use, impaired driving, speed limit, red light running, and other traffic laws. The grants are highly effective in reducing traffic collisions by dedicating resources to selective enforcement and education programs. These comprehensive programs have a long-lasting impact in reducing fatal and injury collisions. Under these programs, communities use available public and private assets to identify and attack significant traffic safety problems and other vehicle related crimes.

POLICE TRAFFIC SERVICES PROGRAM AREA GOALS

  • To reduce the total number of persons killed in traffic collisions
  • To reduce the total number of persons injured in traffic collisions

2017 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Grants
OTS awarded 145 STEP grants in FFY 2017. Law enforcement agencies throughout the State conducted enforcement activities that coincided with NHTSA mobilizations and campaigns. STEP activities focused on high visibility enforcement (HVE), increased traffic enforcement, and education. HVE activities included training in Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). Agencies utilized the trainings to conduct DUI/Drivers License checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols. Increased traffic enforcement activities included operations focusing on distracted driving, Click-It-or-Ticket, motorcycle safety, and pedestrian and bicycle safety. Education activities included presentations to communities, organizations, and schools. Media efforts focusing on the awareness of the STEP activities were coordinated both regionally and locally.

Regulate Aggressive Drivig And Reduce Speed
The CHP implemented a statewide traffic safety project focusing on speed-caused collisions and those primary collision factors that encompass elements of “aggressive driving” such as unsafe turns, following too closely, unsafe passing, driving on the wrong side of the road, and unsafe lane changes. Enhanced enforcement operations also focused on street racing activities such as drag racing, freeway racing, and sideshows. In addition, a total of 410 traffic safety presentations were conducted, impacting 118,012 people.