OFF THE WIRE
By Natalie Everett Signal Assistant City Editor
The Santa Clarita City Council is expected Tuesday night to accept a $150,000 traffic safety grant for a program to reduce the number of car crashes related to alcohol, speeding, red-light running and other factors.
The money, from the state Office of Traffic Safety, will pay for eight DUI/driver licence checkpoints during the fiscal year 2011-12 as well as 12 DUI saturation patrols, in which more traffic deputies are on duty to apprehend drunk drivers.
The city's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) aims to reduce the number of people killed or injured in crashes involving alcohol, speeding, red light running, and other primary crash factors.
Other grant-funded programs target motorcycle safety, red light enforcement, intersections with disproportionate traffic collisions, court stings and warrant service. The grant will also fund a DUI trailer, checkpoint supplies, and training for public safety personnel.