FEBRUARY 1, 2005 GRANT FOR SEAT BELT COMPLIANCE CAMPAIGN FEBRUARY 1, 2005 GRANT FOR SEAT BELT COMPLIANCE CAMPAIGN

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER/CITY CLERK

DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2005

SUBJECT: GRANT FOR SEAT BELT COMPLIANCE CAMPAIGN

RECOMMENDATION

Authorize the City to act as the pass-through agency for a $14,985 grant awarded to the Lomita Sheriff’s Station by the State Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for the 2005 Seat Belt Compliance Campaign.

BACKGROUND

For the last two years, the Lomita Sheriff’s Station has applied for and received a grant from the State Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to participate in the annual California Seat Belt Compliance Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to increase the level of seat belt use statewide to 92% by July 2005.

DISCUSSION

The OTS grant is for a focused seat belt enforcement campaign during a twenty-one (21) day period from May 16, 2005 to June 5, 2005. The funds are to be used to increase the level of seat belt enforcement on an overtime basis using first line officers. During the last campaign conducted in September 2004, the Lomita Station issued a total of 347 seat belt violation citations. Of this total, 170 citations were issued in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, 95 in the City of Lomita and 82 in the City of Rolling Hills Estates. 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 City of Rancho Palos Verdes has acted as the pass-through agency for this grant.

FISCAL IMPACT

The Seat Belt Compliance Campaign 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 and the Lomita Station will be responsible for all of the reporting requirements associated with the grant programs.

Respectfully submitted:

Carolynn Petru

Assistant City Manager/City Clerk

Reviewed,

Les Evans

City Manager

Attachment:

2005 Sobriety Checkpoint Program grant application