Bakersfield police get 'A Life Interrupted' grant

Bakersfield police get 'A Life Interrupted' grant
Photo: Bakersfield Police Department

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The city's police department has received a $43,912 grant through the California Office of Traffic Safety for its "A Life Interrupted" traffic-safety program.

The program uses multimedia elements, sometimes graphic, to warn teens and others in the community about dangers on the road.

While traffic deaths declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, they rose by 2.6 percent in 2011, and officials anticipate another rise for 2012, according to the police department.

Drunk driving remains the biggest problem, accounting for nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities, police said. But, drug-impaired driving and distracted driving with cellphones is a growing problem.