California Awards APD Traffic Safety Grant

California Awards APD Traffic Safety Grant

Money to fund increased safety patrols

California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded a $370,000 grant to the Alameda Police Department (APD).

The grant will assist APD in its efforts to reduce deaths and injuries while increasing roadway safety on city streets.

“We care for our community’s wellbeing and it is important that we are at the forefront of traffic safety,” Traffic Division Sergeant Frank Petersen said.
“This funding will allow us to educate and enhance the safety of all residents and visitors of Alameda.”

The one-year grant is for the 2021 federal fiscal year and will run until Sept. 30, 2021.

The grant will support a variety of traffic safety programs, including: patrols to police alcohol and drug-impaired driving prevention, as wall as those that help increase awareness and education of California’s hands-free cell phone law.

Other patrols made possible by the funds will allow officers to properly educate bicyclists and pedestrians of their rights and responsibilities.

In addition, officers will be better able to educate drivers of the primary causes of crashes. These include: excess speed, failure to yield, failure to stop at stop signs/signals, as well as making improper turning/lane changes.

The grant will allow APD to focus on public safety, especially traffic safety.

The safety of everyone traveling on an Alameda road way is the primary focus of the grant.