Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach Police Beat

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Traffic death study

The Manhattan Beach Police Department this month was awarded a $70,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcement and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries.

After falling to a 10 year low in 2010, the number of persons killed on roadways has climbed nearly 17 percent across the state. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities that now comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies and the emergence of drug-impaired driving. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other traffic-related problems such as speeding and traffic collisions.

Activities that the grant will fund include: educational presentations, DUI checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols, bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement, motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement, seat belt, and child safety seat enforcement and speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement

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