Police earn grant to fight against DUIs
The Grass Valley Police Department will get a boost to its drunk driving enforcement program with the receipt a new state grant; “Avoid the Five DUI Campaign – Nevada County.”
The $239,700 grant was approved by the California State Office of Traffic Safety as part of its statewide DUI campaign project and is a joint effort with the California Highway Patrol, Truckee Police Department, Nevada City Police Department and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, with the Grass Valley Police Department acting as the host agency for the regional effort.
“We are very pleased to have been awarded this grant and look forward to working with our partner agencies,” said Grass Valley Police Capt. Greg Hart, project director for the DUI grant program.
In his written request to Grass Valley City Council to allocate $139,044 from the city to be reimbursed by the state through the grant, Grass Valley Police Chief John Foster said the goals and objectives will include DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, education and warrant checks for multiple DUI offenders during Memorial Day, Labor Day and winter holidays.
He said the grant also meets one of the objectives within the Grass Valley Traffic Safety Management Plan by targeting drunk drivers in the community and throughout the county.
Foster said he also expects to receive approval soon of a checkpoint utility vehicle from the state office of traffic safety.
“None of our public safety partners were hesitant to join in,” Foster said Tuesday. “People driving under the influence is one of the primary collision factors of fatal accidents.”
Hart said the grant is in addition to another California Office of Traffic Safety grant awarded last September for more than $200,000 that will fund a new motorcycle plus a 18 months of salary for motorcycle officer Brian Hooper, who has been employed by the department for more than three years and is undergoing motorcycle training.
The department should receive the new motorcycle, Hart said, within the next 40 days.
To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@the union.com or call 477-4236.
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