Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

DECEMBER 7, 2004 STATE OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT GRANT DECEMBER 7, 2004 STATE OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT GRANT

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER

DATE: DECEMBER 7, 2004

SUBJECT: STATE OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT GRANT

RECOMMENDATION

Authorize the City to act as the pass-through agency between the Lomita Sheriff’s Station and the State Office of Traffic Safety for the 2004-2005 Sobriety Checkpoint Program grant.

DISCUSSION

Since at least 1995, the City has included funds in its Public Safety Program to provide sobriety checkpoints each year as a deterrent to alcohol impaired driving. Although they can be scheduled at any time, the checkpoints are typically conducted around key holiday times, such as December holiday season and the 4th of July. As part of the Regional Law Enforcement Contract, the three cities share the cost of providing two checkpoints each year using the 60/30/10 cost sharing ratio. The total program cost for this activity in the adopted FY 04-05 budget is $10,927, with the City’s share being $6,556.

For the last two years, the Lomita Sheriff’s Station has been successful in obtaining a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to conduct sobriety checkpoints during the winter and summer holiday seasons to coincide with the statewide "You Drink & Drive, You Lose" public awareness campaign. For both of the previous grants, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes has acted as the pass through agency for the three regional cities. The current grant for $12,918 would fund sobriety checkpoints and would fund three checkpoints over the next eighteen months. Enforcement would take place during the following three enforcement periods:

December 17, 2004 to January 3, 2005

August 19, 2005 to September 4, 2005

December 16 to January 2, 2006

FISCAL IMPACT

The Sobriety Checkpoint Program grant will reduce the City’s costs in FY 04-05 and FY 05-06, because the checkpoint program is something the City was already paying for out of the General fund. Based on past experience, there will be minimal staff time associated with processing some of the necessary paperwork and the Lomita Sheriff’s Station will be responsible for all of the reporting requirements associated with the grant programs.

Respectfully submitted:

Carolynn Petru

Assistant City Manager

Reviewed,

Les Evans

City Manager