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Press Release
Eureka Police Department
604 C Street
Eureka, CA  95501

Phone:  (707) 441-4060
FAX:     (707) 441-4334


Subject :

Office of Traffic Safety Grant
Contact : Brittany Powell, Public Information Officer, Police    (707) 441-4388
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Eureka, Calif. – The safety of everyone traveling is the focus of a grant awarded to
Eureka Police Department. The $62,500.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety (OTS) will assist in Eureka PD’s efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on city roads. 


“These are trying times, and now more than ever, it is important that we are at the
forefront of traffic safety,” Eureka Police Department’s Sergeant Gary Whitmer said.
“This funding allows us to educate and enhance the safety of all residents.” “With a
tight budget, this grant will make it possible for EPD officers to conduct overtime traffic
enforcement patrols in an effort to reduce our collision rate.” 


The one-year grant is for the 2021 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 to
Sept. 30, 2021.


The grant will fund a variety of traffic safety programs, including: 
● Patrols with emphasis on alcohol and drug-impaired driving prevention.
● Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of California’s hands-free
cell phone law.
● Patrols with emphasis on education of traffic rights for bicyclists and pedestrians.
● Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of primary causes of
crashes: excess speed, failure to yield, failure to stop at stop signs/signals,
improper turning/lane changes.
● Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST),
Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug
Recognition Expert (DRE).


“Through education and behavior changes, we hope to create an environment that is
safe and equitable for all road users in our community,” Sergeant Gary Whitmer


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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