GLENDALE — State officials Thursday awarded Glendale police $254,800 in an effort to boost pedestrian safety measures and reduce the number of distracted drivers.
Chris Cochran, a spokesman for the California Office of Traffic Safety, said the hope is to decrease pedestrian-involved collisions in Glendale, which ranks near the bottom in that category among similarly sized cities.
"It all points toward pedestrian safety," Cochran said, whose office provided the grant.
The additional money will allow for ramped-up enforcement efforts against distracted drivers who text or fail to use a hands-free device, he said. More patrols will also be used to crack down on speeders and motorists who run red lights.