The Alhambra Police Department has been awarded an $85,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on the road, according to a press release from Alhambra PD. The agency will use the funding for driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement training, patrol, and prevention; distracted driving, speeding, red light, and stop sign enforcement; and increasing public awareness of safety issues.
"While the numbers of victims due to impaired driving crashes in Alhambra is decreasing, we still have more work to do," Alhambra Police Chief Mark Yokoyama said in the press release. "One fatality due to impaired driving is one too many."
Traffic deaths declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, but rose by 2.6 percent in 2011 and are continuing to rise, according to Alhambra PD. DUI remains the major cause of traffic deaths at nearly 30 percent, while fatalities related to distracted and drug-impaired driving have also increased.