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A total of $89,900 was granted to the Pittsburg Police Department on behalf of the California Office of Traffic Safety, with the goal of reducing the number of injuries and deaths on Pittsburg roads, police officials announced.

The grant will be put toward reducing cases of driving under the influence, improving the community’s adherence to the state’s hands-free cell phone law, awareness and education of causes for crashes and accidents, community education presentations, and more.

“These are trying times, and now more than ever, it is important that we are at the forefront of traffic safety,” Pittsburg police Lt. Rob Semas said. “This funding allows us to educate and enhance the safety of all residents.”

The grant program, funded by the OTS through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is scheduled to run from Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021.

“Through education and behavior changes, we hope to create an environment that is safe and secure for all drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists in our community,” a police department spokesman said.