La Habra police receive grant to improve traffic safety


The La Habra Police Department has been awarded a $108,425 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries.

The La Habra Police Department will use the funding to keep roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

“Traffic safety is a high priority for our community,” said LHPD Chief Jerry Price. “This funding provided by OTS will help us greatly in making our streets safer from motorists who disobey the laws, as well as assist us in helping to better educate drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians in La Habra.”

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012.

Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies.

This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding.

“California’s roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The La Habra Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”