Riverside police saturation patrols and other specialized operations intended to crack down on unsafe drivers will be funded for another year, thanks to a $400,000 grant, authorities said Wednesday.

The police department received the funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it will be dedicated to DUI checkpoints, targeted patrols to deter speeding, distracted driving, red light running and other behaviors that put other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists at risk, according to Sgt. Bryan Wilson.

“Impairment, speeding and other dangerous driving jeopardize the safety of other people on the roadways,” he said. “This funding allows us to provide necessary traffic enforcement measures, with the goal of reducing serious injury and fatal crashes throughout our city.”

He said operations will be centered in areas where there have been a high level of collisions and other activity endangering the public.

The grant funds must be expended by Sept. 31, 2022, according to Wilson.

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