The Burbank Police Department was awarded a $190,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
The grant will support the department’s ongoing enforcement and education programs to help reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on the city’s roads.
This represents a $70,000.00 increase from the previous grant year and was based in part on the high level of performance by the BPD in addressing dangerous driving behaviors in the city during the previous grant cycle.
“This funding will strengthen our commitment to public safety in our community,” BPD Lt. John Pfrommer said. “We will be able to increase our efforts in making our roads safer for everyone and focus on critical areas such as distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding.”
The grant will also provide additional programs and resources, including:
• DUI checkpoints and patrols focused on stopping suspected impaired drivers.
• High-visibility distracted driving enforcement operations targeting drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law.
• Enforcement operations focused on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of people biking or walking at risk.
• Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes: speeding, failure to yield, stop sign and/or red-light running, and improper turning or lane changes.
• Community presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding and bicycle and pedestrian safety.
• Collaborative enforcement efforts with neighboring agencies.
• Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
• The purchase of additional speed monitoring equipment that can be deployed around the city to address citizen concerns.
The grant program will run through September 2024.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
First published in the October 21 print issue of the Burbank Leader.