FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Department has been awarded a pair of grants totaling more than $1oo,000.
Both grants were awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety and will go toward extra enforcement to prevent traffic problems and alcohol- and drug-related incidents, according to Sgt. Matt Bloesch.
The department received a $75,300 grant that will go toward the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, which funds officers to work specific enforcement details, such as red-light violations at certain intersections and speed enforcement where a high number of speed-related collisions have occurred.
Police also secured a $39,000 grant to combat DUI-related deaths and injuries. Bloesch said that grant will fund six DUI checkpoints.
The grant will specifically target impaired drivers as well as educating the public on the dangers of impaired driving through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
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