Oceanside to boost enforcement to curb traffic-related deaths

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SAN DIEGO — The Oceanside Police Department has received a boost to help prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries.

The department was awarded a $227,115 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program to raise public awareness around traffic deaths and injuries.

The number of traffic deaths and injuries has been slowly on the rise since 2010, according to the department, which also said the recent uptick in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities is a major problem.

Police noted the dangers of texting while driving and districted driving as other top concerns.

OTS Director Rhonda Craft said while California’s roadways are among the nation’s safest, the rise is traffic deaths is a top priority for public safety departments across the state.

“To meet future mobility, safety and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal — zero deaths on our roadways,” Craft said. “The Office of Traffic Safety and the Oceanside Police Department want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across the City of Oceanside and the state.”

The year-long grant will fund DUI checkpoints, motorcycle safety enforcement, DUI sting operations for worst offenders and other measures.

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