Accident Reduction Team

“With the growing obsession on texting and social media, distracted driving has become an epidemic, and distracted walking has become an increasingly serious problem, not just in Garden Grove, but nationwide. More and more people are getting injured and killed for something that could wait. This is something we all have to think about." Police Chief Todd Elgin

Accident Reduction Campaign

In response to the nationwide increase of fatal accidents involving distracted drivers, and pedestrians and bicyclists not following traffic rules, the Garden Grove Police Department Accident Reduction Team was organized as part of a City campaign to reduce traffic collisions, and to prevent fatal accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

According to the Accident Reduction Team, more people are using electronic devices while driving and walking. To reduce the number of fatalities in Garden Grove, the Accident Reduction Team started conducting Crosswalk Operations, Bicyclist and Pedestrian Operations, and enforcing “zero tolerance” weeks.

This year-round effort focuses on re-educating commuters on traffic safety rules, and the importance of safely sharing roads.

The Accident Reduction Team is a component of the Neighborhood Traffic Unit (NTU). The mission of the NTU is to improve the quality of life by providing the safest and most efficient flow of vehicle and pedestrian traffic throughout the city. The NTU enforces traffic laws and educates the community, in an effort to accomplish their mission.

Garden Grove Police Department
11301 Acacia Parkway
(714) 741-5252



California Office of Traffic Safety

California Office of Traffic Safety logoThe mission of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is to effectively and efficiently administer traffic safety grant funds to reduce traffic deaths, injuries, and economic losses.

OTS strives to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries by making grants available to local and state public agencies for programs that help enforce traffic laws, educate the public in traffic safety, and provide varied and effective means to reduce fatalities and injuries.

In 2016, the Garden Grove Police Department received a $249,100 grant from OTS for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent fatal traffic accidents.



Operations

Funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety

August 25, 2017 DUI and Driver's License Checkpoint: Garden Grove Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting the enforcement between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

June 16, 2017 DUI and Driver's License Checkpoint: The enforcement was conducted between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.

May 12, 2017 Crosswalk Operation: The enforcement resulted in the issuance of 131 citations.

May 2017 National Bike Safety Month:

  • May 10, 2017: Enders Elementary School
  • May 11, 2017: Mitchell Elementary School

April 2017 Distracted Driver Awareness Month: In 30 days in April, Garden Grove police cited over 700 drivers for distracted driving.

March 17, 2017 Senior Outreach: Members of the Accident Reduction Team made a visit to the H. Louis Lake Senior Center. The outreach was a lesson on safe driving and how anyone, at any age, can be a safe driver by practicing simple road rules.

December 30, 2016 DUI and Driver's License Checkpoint: The enforcement was conducted at Valley View and Cerulean, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.

December 16, 2016 to January 1, 2017 Holiday DUI Enforcement: Garden Grove police will be looking for drunk and drugged drivers as part of a special year-end "Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement mobilization.

December 14, 2016 Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety Operation: The enforcement resulted in the issuance of 51 citations.

December 2, 2016 to December 23, 2016 DUI Patrol Enforcement Operations: The enforcement resulted in the issuance of 32 citations, 14 DUI arrests, and one arrest for outstanding warrants.

November 9, 2016 Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety Operation: The enforcement resulted in the issuance of 75 citations, one vehicle impound, and one arrest for outstanding warrants.

November 2016 Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety Operations: The enforcement resulted in the issuance of 79 citations.

  • November 4, 2016
  • November 9, 2016
  • November 11, 2016
  • November 12, 2016
  • November 15, 2016
  • November 17, 2016
  • November 20, 2016
  • November 21, 2016
  • November 23, 2016

October 26, 2016 Crosswalk Operation: The enforcement resulted in the issuance of 70 citations.

September 2016 California Pedestrian Safety Month: Along with the California Office of Traffic Safety, the Garden Grove Police Department joined other law enforcement agencies, pedestrian advocates, and walking clubs for “California Pedestrian Safety Month,” passed by the California State Senate.

August 2016 “Zero Tolerance” Week: The enforcement resulted in the issuance of more than 300 citations.



News Releases

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2017 News Releases

2016 News Releases



Resources

  • State of California Department of Motor Vehicles: California Driver Handbook-Laws and Rules of the Road (link is external)
  • California Legislative Information: Assembly Bill No. 1785 Chapter 660 New 2017 Driving Law: Use of Wireless Electronic Devices (link is external)
  • California Legislative Information: Assembly Bill No. 51 Chapter 141 New 2017 Driving Law: Lane Splitting (link is external)
  • California Legislative Information: Vehicle Code 22454 (School Bus) (link is external)