Funding to combat DUI crashes, improve safety
Madera police will conduct additional DUI checkpoints and keep additional officers on the streets thanks to two state grants announced earlier this week that will award more than $133,000 to the department.
Both grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are aimed at the goal of improving roadway safety which has taken a turn for the worse in recent years, OTS director Christopher Murphy said.
“Traffic safety is at a crossroads,” Murphy said. “Roadway deaths dropped 37 percent from 2006 to 2010, but we have seen a slight upturn since. The programs funded by these grants are aimed squarely at holding the line, and even reversing it once again.”
According to the most recent data available, traffic deaths in California rose by 2.6 percent in 2011, with nearly 30 percent of those fatalities caused by DUI drivers...