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Police Receive Grant to Improve Roadway Safety

A $110,000 grant was awarded to the Newport Beach Police Department by the California Office of Traffic Safety to help prevent deaths and injuries on the roadways.

A new state grant is expected to help the Newport Beach Police Department reduce deaths and injuries on the roadways, officials reported.

The $110,000 grant was awarded to the Newport Beach Police Department by the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program aimed at tightening the belt on distracted and impaired drivers. According to a news release, the grant will pay for the department to train officers in Drug and Alcohol Recognition, DUI saturation patrols, motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement and traffic enforcement operations targeting speeding, red light runners and stop sign enforcement.

"The Newport Beach Police Department is committed to using the funds provided through the Office of Traffic Safety to have more officers patrolling our roadways, in an effort to combat impaired driving,” Newport Beach police Sgt. Spencer Arnold said.

According to OTS officials, DUI deaths remain the largest sector at nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities with recent trends showing an increase in distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.

Christopher J. Murphy, OTS director, said, "the Newport Beach Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives.”

Thomas Schomburg January 28, 2013 at 04:20 AM
What idot would post these type of comments on what was otherwise a great story to inform citizens of NBPD's effort to save lives. This anonymous monster obviously has an axe to grind but this is certainly not the forum for it. If this moron can prove any of these allegations then he or she should have presented them to the proper authority. My guess this is an invidual fired from the department and feels this is the only way revenge can be exacted. My biggest question is how this individual learned of the woman's criminal past. Did you access criminal records at the PD without access authority or did someone else do it for you? Anyway readers, disregard Do Gooder's comment and embracce the story for what it was posted to be. God Bless the NBPD.

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