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BPD receives two grants to enforce traffic safety

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The Bakersfield Police Department received two grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety to enforce traffic laws, the department announced Sunday.

They include a $400,000 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program grant and a $33,000 Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program grant.

BPD said the grants will fund:

• DUI checkpoints and patrols focused on suspected impaired drivers.

• Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes, including speeding, failure to yield, stop sign and/or red-light running, and improper turning or lane changes.

• Enforcement operations focused on 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.

• Community education presentations on traffic safety.