Selma Police Department gets $25,000 DUI grant

The Selma Police Department was awarded a $25,000 grant for a yearlong program aimed at DUI enforcement and curbing other traffic-related deaths.

The grant was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Traffic-related deaths dropped between 2006 and 2010, but they have slowly begun to increase, the Police Department said.

“Any funds the department can secure to assist in traffic safety will prevent collisions and will take impaired drivers off the road,” said Police Chief Greg Garner.

There have been increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, growing dangers of distracting driving and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem, the Police Department said. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.

The grant will fund many things including: educational presentations; bicycle rodeos; DUI checkpoints; DUI saturation patrols; distracted-driving enforcement; seat belt and child safety seat enforcement; bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement; compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders; specialized DUI and drugged-driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Drug Recognition Evaluator; and night-time “Click It or Ticket” enforcement operations.