MILPITAS, CA — Fresh state grant money will fund another year of the Milpitas Police Department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), officials announced this week.
The $110,000 grant from the Office of Traffic Safety will support public awareness campaigns and targeted traffic enforcement efforts through next September. Police said the goal of the program is to educate drivers, promote safe habits and deter unsafe behaviors that can lead to crashes, injuries and deaths.
Some of the funds will help pay for DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols, which are designed to remove drivers from the road who are impaired or driving without a valid license. The money will also fund patrols at intersections with higher levels of incidents involving pedestrians and cyclists, seat belt and child safety seat enforcement, and motorcycle safety operations.
The department will also tap grant money for speeding, traffic light and stop sign enforcement, analysis of DUI statistics and specialized training to help officers identify drivers who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The annual grants are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.