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Kern County Public Health receives grant for pedestrian safety education

Posted at 5:08 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 20:08:27-05

Kern County Public Health received a $25,000 grant for pedestrian and bicyclist safety education.

The funding comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and will fund a year-long program of education and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries.

“Years of research tell us that enforcement and education work best jointly to combat unsafe driving,” OTS Director Rhonda Craft said.

The number of people killed as pedestrians and/or in traffic accidents has climbed nearly 17% across California since 2010, with 3,176 killed in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Activities the grant will fund include:
  • Educational presentations
  • Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement
  • Promote traffic safety programs
  • Develop Safe Streets Master Plan