SFDA's Office Awarded Special DUI and Prosecution Grant
News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2016
CONTACT: ALEX BASTIAN (415) 553-1931
MAX SZABO (415) 553-9089
SFDA’S OFFICE AWARDED SPECIAL DUI AND PROSECUTION GRANT
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that individuals arrested for DUI in the City and County of San Francisco, 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 $172,048 grant to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office will fund the Vertical Prosecution team to work cases from arrest through conviction and sentencing.
“DUIs pose a serious public safety concern for our city,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “This grant will ensure that offenders are held accountable and understand that DUIs will not be tolerated in our city.”
Funding from the DUI Prosecution Grant will aid the District Attorney’s Office in handling cases at 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.
Through September 2016, under the 2015-2016 OTS grant, the vertical prosecution team filed 602 felony and misdemeanor cases of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
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 214 deaths and 281 serious injuries as a result of DUI crashes in the City and County of San Francisco.
“When there is a trained, seasoned and committed team working serious DUI cases, prosecutors get the positive results needed,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “The Office of Traffic Safety and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office will be working together to help keep the streets and highways safe 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.