The Menlo Park Police Department now has $30,000 to apply toward making the city's roads safer, thanks to a state grant.
The grant, obtained from the California Office of Traffic Safety, will be used "for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts," the department announced Nov. 14.
Those efforts include impaired-driving recognition and enforcement training, DUI saturation patrols, distracted-driving enforcement, and other initiatives, according to the department.
While traffic deaths declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, according to the announcement, state and federal officials anticipate a slight rise in 2011. DUI deaths account for nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities, but distracted driving and impaired driving incidents are increasing.
"Despite the recent increases, California's roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006," said OTS Director Christopher Murphy. "The Menlo Park Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share toward zero deaths, every one counts."