NORWALK - The city received a $68,258 grant recently from the California Office of Traffic Safety for safety enforcement and crash prevention.

The year-long grant, which runs to September 2013, funds several enforcement activities, including speed, red light, stop sign, motorcycle safety, distracted driving, seat belt and child safety seat and sobriety checkpoints, said Joshua Yordt, Norwalk's public safety manager.

The grant also funds specialized DUI and drugged driving training programs such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Drug Recognition Evaluator, he said.

While California traffic deaths from all causes declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2011, state and federal officials anticipate figures will rise slightly in 2012. Recent trends show increases in two new categories - distracted driving and drug-impaired driving, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.

DUI deaths remain the largest sector, at nearly 30 percent, of traffic fatalities.

In Norwalk last year, 478 traffic collision injuries were reported; 34 of those injuries were from alcohol-involved collisions.

Six deaths were reported; two of them were from alcohol-involved collisions, Yordt said.

The grant originated from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and was channeled through the Office of Traffic Safety. phillip.zonkel@presstelegram.com, 562-499-1258, twitter.com/zonkelpt