Garden Grove PD awarded grant to combat traffic-related deaths


Garden Grove police will embark on a year-long special enforcement and public awareness campaign to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries.

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) awarded a nearly $259,000 grant to pay for programs to help keep city streets safe using enforcement and education, police said.

The grant will help pay for DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols, distracted driving enforcement, various educational campaigns and compiling a list of the worst drunken driving offenders, among other programs.

Fatal and injury traffic crashes dropped dramatically from 2006 to 2010, but police said there was an uptick in 2011 and 2012.

A rise in pedestrian or motorcycle fatalities, and collisions involving distracted drivers has been particularly concerning for police and the community, said Police Chief Kevin Raney.

“This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding,” Raney said. “The men and women of the Garden Grove Police Department are committed to keeping Garden Grove one of the safest cities in Southern California.”