The Vallejo Police Dept. (VPD) recently received a $24,800 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to streamline department processes for collecting and reporting traffic data.
The funds will be used to develop a new, or update an existing, electronic crash reporting system with software that submits data directly to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.
“This funding will allow us to conduct more in-depth research and develop concrete plans for addressing some of our biggest traffic safety issues,” said Vallejo Police Cpl. Lenard Alamon. “Accurate and timely data is critical to the safety of our roads, and we’re excited to add reporting tools to support that effort.”
OTS Director Barbara Rooney noted that the new program comes in an effort to improve how quickly crash data is collected and reported. “High quality safety data is critical,” said Rooney. “It’s used to determine the nature of our road safety problems and it informs our actions in how best to address them.”
Earlier this month, the OTS also awarded the VPD with a $102,000 grant to ensure the safety of travelers and pedestrians in the City of Vallejo. The grant will assist in department efforts to reduce traffic-related fatalities and injuries on Vallejo roads.
Vallejo Chief of Police Shawny Williams said his department has seen six traffic-related fatalities this year and the VPD wants to ensure they’re taking proactive measures to prevent these types of tragic occurrences from happening in the future. “We’re grateful for these resources and will continue our commitment to traffic safety in Vallejo,” said Williams.
The grant will fund a variety of traffic safety programs, including:
1) Patrols with emphasis on alcohol and drug-impaired driving prevention;
2) Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of California’s hands-free cell phone law;
3) Patrols with emphasis on education of traffic rights for bicyclists and pedestrians;
4) Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of primary causes of crashes including excess speed, failure to yield, failure to stop at stop signs/signals, improper turning/lane changes;
5) Community education presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, DUI, speed, bicycle and pedestrian safety; and
6) Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Drug Recognition Expert.
“These are trying times and now, more than ever, it is important that we continue to make traffic safety a priority,” said VPD Sgt. Shane Bower. “This funding will allow us to further traffic safety education and create an environment that is safe and equitable for all road users in our community.” Both grants run from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021. Funding for the two programs was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information on the grants, contact Public Information Officer, Brittany K. Jackson at VallejoPolicePIO@cityofvallejo.net or call (707) 651-7147.