The Goleta Police Department will increase patrols throughout the community and provide other traffic safety programs to help reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on roads, with the help of a grant for $85,000 awarded to help improve road safety.
“This grant funding allows us to support our ongoing traffic safety efforts in the community,” said Sgt. Noel Rivas. “Our intent is to stop the most unlawful and dangerous behaviors that put people at risk and create an environment where everyone feels safe traveling through Goleta.”
The grant will provide additional programs and resources, including:
DUI checkpoints and patrols focused on stopping suspected impaired drivers.
High visibility distracted driving enforcement operations targeting drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law.
Enforcement operations focused on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of people biking or walking 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 2023. Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office provides police services for the city of Goleta.