FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. T. Albergo, 760-839-4901
The City of Escondido received notification last week that its contracts were approved by OTS, and that 2012/2013 DUI / DL checkpoint program may commence. Escondido was awarded funding for 16 checkpoint operations for the 2012/2013 federal fiscal year. The operations will commence shortly, and as usual, the public will be notified a day or two in advance. The 2012/2013 DUI/DL Checkpoint grants provided to all California jurisdictions will be managed by the University of California, Berkeley this year.
The purpose of the checkpoints, as stated by OTS, is education of the public and deterrence of driving under the influence. The OTS has provided additional funding to Escondido for DUI Saturation Patrols and other enforcement activities to promote traffic safety in our community.
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) operates on the Federal Fiscal year, which begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. Grants provided for the various jurisdictions have an application process and an approval process, which must be strictly adhered to before any funding is distributed. Agencies are notified that they have tentative approval for a grant usually in August or September, and the request for approval must then be granted by the City Council before contracts may be drawn up. Consequently, there is generally a little delay in between the end of one Grant cycle to the beginning of funded operations in the next Grant cycle.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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