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Thanks to an infusion of federal funds, the California Highway Patrol will be intensifying safety operations in the San Gorgonio Pass, adding patrols to multiple routes and conducting traffic safety education campaigns, it was announced Thursday.

“With a proactive approach to make the roadways safer, we will continue to reduce the number of injury and fatal collisions occurring in Riverside County,” said CHP Capt. Mike Alvarez, commander of the San Gorgonio Pass office. “The men and women of the CHP San Gorgonio Pass area are committed to saving lives, and this grant will build on the momentum achieved from past education and enforcement campaigns.”

Alvarez said the California Office of Traffic Safety awarded the Pass office, located in Beaumont, $112,200 from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant received this year. The funds are required to be expended between now and Sept. 30, 2019.

According to Alvarez, the money will enable the San Gorgonio CHP to deploy officers more regularly as part of an “enhanced enforcement” effort on key transit corridors, including Interstate 10 and state Routes 60, 74, 79 and 243. The captain said deployments will also be concentrated on Gilman Springs, San Timoteo Canyon and Soboba roads, along with Domenigoni Parkway and Stetson Avenue, in the San Jacinto Valley.

Officers will be specifically cracking down on impaired motorists, right-of-way encroachments, improper turns and wrongway driving, according to Alvarez.

He said a public awareness campaign, educating drivers through talks and social media, will bolster the yearlong campaign.

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