San Francisco District Attorney's Office Awarded Special DUI Prosecution Grant
News Release From The Office Of The District Attorney George Gascón
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 20, 2015
CONTACT: Alex Bastian (415) 553-1931
Maxwell Szabo (415) 553-9089
SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AWARDED SPECIAL DUI PROSECUTION GRANT
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that those arrested for DUI in San Francisco City & County, especially repeat offenders and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The $$290,704 grant to the San Francisco City & County District Attorney’s Office will fund a Vertical Prosecution team that will work cases from arrest through sentencing.
“Every year drunk drivers wreak havoc on communities and their victims,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Drunk driving is a serious crime, and this grant will ensure these offenders face the full consequences of their actions.”
Funding from this DUI Prosecution Grant will aid the District Attorney’s Office in handling cases throughout each step of the criminal process, prosecuting both alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases. In fatal and major injury DUI vehicle collisions, members of the team may respond to the crash scene to be part of the investigation.
Prosecution team members will work with the State’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program to expand knowledge and resources in the office by obtaining and delivering specialized training, including training in the emerging problem of drug-impaired driving. Team members will share information with peers and law enforcement personnel throughout the county and across the state.
The purpose of the program is to prevent impaired driving and reduce alcohol and drug-impaired traffic fatalities and injuries. In 2013 there were 14 deaths and 281 serious injuries as a result of DUI crashes in San Francisco.
“Overall, California’s roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to work very hard together to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the San Francisco City & County District Attorney’s Office want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across San Francisco and the state.”
Funding for the program comes from a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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