Monrovia PD receives traffic safety grant

MONROVIA — The Monrovia Police Department has received a $54,760 grant to fund a year of traffic safety-related enforcement and public awareness efforts, officials announced Wednesday.
The grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Monrovia police officials said in a written statement.
Though statewide traffic deaths declined 39 percent between 2010 and 2011, authorities expect to see a slight increase in 2011 figures once available, according to the statement.
“The Monrovia Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can contribute to saving lives and reach the vision we all share — toward zero deaths,” according to OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy.
Activities that will be funded by the grant are to include specialized training for officers to recognize drunken and drugged drivers; enforcement of seat belt, child safety seat, speed, red light and distracted driving laws; warrant services targeting multiple DUI offenders; and compilations of DUI “hot sheets,” identifying the “worst of the worst” DUI offenders, according to the police statement.

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