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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER
DATE: JANUARY 21, 2003
SUBJECT: MINI-GRANT FOR SEAT BELT COMPLIANCE CAMPAIGN
Authorize the City to act as the pass-through agency for a $13, 226.02 mini-grant awarded to the Lomita Sheriff’s Station by the State Office of Traffic Safety for the 2002-2003 Seat Belt Compliance Campaign.
In September 2002, the Lomita Sheriff’s Station applied for and received a "mini-grant" from the State Office of Traffic Safety in the amount of $13,226.02 to participate in the California Seat Belt Compliance Campaign for 2002-2003. The grant is for a focused seat belt enforcement campaign during a seven (7) day period in November 2002 and an eight (8) day period in May 2003. The funds are to be used to increase the level of seat belt enforcement on an overtime basis using first line officers. During the November 2002 campaign, the Lomita Station issued a total of 118 seat belt violation citations. Of this total, 113 citations were issued in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the remaining 15 in the City of Lomita.
In December 2002, the County Sheriff Department’s Grant Coordinator informed the Lomita Station that the applicant agency for this particular grant should have been one of the regional contract cities, rather than the Lomita Station. The State Office of Traffic Safety recommended that the grant application simply be amended to identify one of the contract cities as the applicant agency (see attached). Although enforcement can take place anywhere within the Peninsula region, because we are the largest city in terms of population and area in the region, the Lomita Station has requested that the City of Rancho Palos Verdes act as the pass-through agency for this grant.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,268 vehicle occupants lost their lives in collisions in California during 2001. Of this number, 571 (45%) of these lives could have been saved if the occupant was wearing their seat belt.
The goal of the California Seat Belt Compliance Campaign is to increase seat belt use statewide from 91.1% to 92% by June 2003 in order to save lives and minimize injuries. The mini-grant obtained by the Lomita Sheriff’s Station provides an opportunity to increase enforcement of seat belt regulations on the local level in conjunction with this public awareness campaign.
This grant will have no direct fiscal impact on the City, as we will simply be acting as the pass-through agency for the funds. There will be minimal staff time associated with processing some of the necessary paperwork, however, the Lomita Station will be responsible for all of the reporting requirements associated with the grant program.