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Petaluma gets $600,000 in traffic enforcement grants

More than $600,000 in state traffic enforcement grants have been awarded recently to Petaluma police for a range of operations, including Sonoma County's Avoid the 13 anti-DUI Task Force.

Here are quick looks at each grant:

–The biggest is $300,000 for a variety of traffic safety crackdowns by Petaluma police. About half of it allows the city to keep a traffic unit officer by covering his salary and benefits, said Sgt. Ken Savano, who oversees the traffic unit. That officer will carry out most of the enforcement operations and the rest of the grant will go to various costs, including some overtime for other officers participating in special enforcement operations, Savano said.

Among the activities the grant will allow are training officers to catch DUI and drugged drivers, anti-DUI patrols, other anti-DUI operations and crackdowns on motorcycle, seat belt, child safety seat, red light, stop sign, distracted driving and speed violations. In addition, Savano said, the grant will allow officers to target traffic violators at collision-prone intersections.

–A $34,850 grant for DUI checkpoints in Petaluma. Savano said police plan four throughout the year.

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