PITTSBURG -- The City of Pittsburg will use a $65,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on the city's roadways.

The grant, given to Pittsburg police, will assist with issues regarding traffic safety, according to police spokesman Ron Raman.

Specialized DUI and drugged driving training; DUI saturation patrols, motorcycle safey and distracted driving enforcement, and warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders are among the activities to be paid for with the grant, Raman said.

Traffic deaths from all causes decreased in California by 39 percent from 2006-2010, Raman said, but a slight increase from the 2010 totals are expected when figures for 2011 are released early in 2013.

Rick Hurd covers public safety. Contact him at 925-945-4780 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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