The San Ramon Police Department received a $46,122 grant from the state to fund a year-long program of special enforcement and public awareness efforts aimed at preventing traffic-related deaths and injuries, the department announced Thursday.
San Ramon police said they will use the funding for education and enforcement programs as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep San Ramon's roadways safe and to improve quality of life in the city.
The grant funding was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"Years of research tell us that enforcement and education work best jointly to combat unsafe driving," OTS director Rhonda Craft said in a statement. "This grant brings both tactics together, with the Office of Traffic Safety and the San Ramon Police Department working in concert to help keep the streets and highways safe across San Ramon and the state."
Activities funded through the grant include educational presentations, DUI saturation patrols, operations to serve warrants on multiple-DUI offenders, and special enforcement of bicycle and pedestrian safety, distracted driving, use of seat belts and child safety seats, and speeding, red light and stop sign violations, according to San Ramon police.
Other efforts will include compiling DUI "hot sheets" to identify worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders and training officers on specialized DUI and drugged-driving recognition, according to the department.
Federal data found traffic-related fatalities rose 17% across the state since 2010, climbing to 3,176 in 2015, and there has been a six-year rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem, according to San Ramon police.
Officials hope the grant-funded activities will help combat those and other traffic-safety problems in San Ramon, according to the department.