Santa Barbara Police Receive Traffic Safety Grant

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Santa Barbara Police Department Awarded $228,000 Grant from the Office of Traffic Safety.

The Santa Barbara Police Department will roll out a police traffic services program to deter dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of crashes in the community.

“Impairment, speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors jeopardize the safety of other people on the road,” Sgt. S. Trujillo said. “This funding allows us to provide necessary traffic enforcement measures with the goal of reducing serious injury and fatal crashes on our roads.”

The grant will pay for additional enforcement measures, including:

  • DUI checkpoints and patrols specifically focused on suspected impaired drivers.
  • Enforcement operations focused on suspected distracted drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law.
  • Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations focused on driver behaviors that put vulnerable road users at risk.
  • Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes: speeding, failure to yield, stop sign and/or red-light running, and improper turning or lane changes.
  • Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

 

The grant program will run through September 2022.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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ChillinGrillin Oct 13, 2021 03:40 PM
Santa Barbara Police Receive Traffic Safety Grant

Good. I've heard from multiple out-of-towners that SB has some of the worst drivers they've ever seen. That tyrant SBPD motorcycle officer who stopped everyone got no love but at least he was posted outside schools keeping people safe.

RHS Oct 13, 2021 06:19 PM
Santa Barbara Police Receive Traffic Safety Grant

Bad. This is money that would have been allocated equitably without the nonsense of 'grant' applications. Each of these 'grants' absorbs a huge percentage of the money that they are able to 'grant' so that in the end it is just a boondoggle for bureaucrats. We would be a lot better served if this money was just allocated fairly to the communities from when it came and they were allowed to decide what they needed to fund.

ChillinGrillin Oct 13, 2021 08:36 PM
Santa Barbara Police Receive Traffic Safety Grant

I agree. In a perfect world the state and NHTSA would know where to allocate the money and have internal processes and oversight to do so fairly. But that would take even more administrative overhead than the ~11% admin costs ( https://www.ots.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/67/2021/02/FINAL_OTS_AnnualReport_Web_2-4.pdf; page 10) CA OTS incurs to run their grant programs. As things stand, grants are the standard means of passing federal money down to the local level. Is it the most fair and efficient way to do it? No, the most blighted and underfunded local areas often lack the capacity to put together competitive applications for funding. But as standard processes that let every eligible local institution have a shot at funding for specific uses, grants serve a purpose.

RHS Oct 14, 2021 09:40 AM
Santa Barbara Police Receive Traffic Safety Grant

Chillin--thanks for this reference. It shows us that the 11% you noted includes nearly $5M for "public relations" which is the sort of stuff I am talking about. One has to wonder how much "administration" much less "public relations" is needed for what should be a small staff to handle these applications. On the other hand we already have staff in place in Cal Trans, CHP and other already funded groups that prepare budget requests and needs assessments to their supervising authorities annually. If we allocated the $95M to these agencies on a pro rata basis I think we could save the $11M overhead and use it for real stuff.

CMKR Oct 14, 2021 09:19 AM
Santa Barbara Police Receive Traffic Safety Grant

Recently, the CHP had some discretionary funds of this sort which they applied to increased patrols at the construction zones in Montecito and Carpinteria after I and others complained about the difficulty maintaining 55 miles an hour with everybody speeding at 70-80 and tailgating those of us observing the speed limit. Now, there are multiple officers down there writing tickets on a daily basis, more radar signs informing drivers of their speed and warning them to slow down to 55, and people are actually observing the speed limit. I was very glad to see this, because the situation was extremely bad and nobody was observing the construction speed limit prior to this stepped-up enforcement.

ESL_teacher Oct 14, 2021 11:04 AM
Santa Barbara Police Receive Traffic Safety Grant

Perhaps the Police Department can use some of this money to start ticketing all the drivers who block State Street at Chick-Filet and create a dangerous traffic situation.

Babycakes Oct 16, 2021 09:39 AM
Santa Barbara Police Receive Traffic Safety Grant

When Chick-fil-A opens a new location on Milpas it should reduce the amount of traffic stacking up. It may go in near Haley/Milpas...but not positive about that as someone suggested the location was going to be on S. Milpas across from the Hamburger Habit. Those who live in the Milpas area would benefit from a new CFA in their hood, and not have to travel so far to get their "fix." Got to admit that their waffle fries are really/really good with CFA's Ranch dippin' sauce .... Dip Dip Awaaaaaaayyyyy!!!!

doulie Oct 15, 2021 06:14 AM
Santa Barbara Police Receive Traffic Safety Grant

As to the "Drug Recognition Expert," a few courses will not classify an officer as an expert in drug recognition. I'll guess this money will be directed for training by an "expert" as it relates to a driver under the influence of drugs versus alcohol. There should be a couple PD "narcs," court designated as experts that should be able to structure a class for officer training in this area. Again, this will not designate an officer as an expert but does give them additional training to assist in identifying a driver using drugs/alcohol. If this is accurate this money could be directed to another area for training.

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