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Fortuna Police Department receives $85,000 in funding

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FORTUNA- The Fortuna Police Department is receiving $85,000 to crack down on distracted driving. The department will soon be out on the streets in full force thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Office of Traffic Safety.

The one-year funding will allow officers to work overtime patrolling intersections and roadways where the agency sees the most collisions. The grant will also go towards educational outreach to cut down on distracted driving.

Along with that grant, the department is receiving an additional $65,000 dollars to go towards the county’s DUI enforcement program. The agency is responsible for distributing the funds to each of the Avoid 8 participants. Because of the program’s past success, the department received the funding for it’s third year in a row.

“Ideally, we'd like to see those numbers go down,” said Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht with the Fortuna Police Department. “On both grants our dui county wide numbers go down. We have had a slight decrease this last year from the year before which is good. Ultimately I’d like to see zero DUIs. But unfortunately they're out there and we need to get them off the road.”