SFDA's Office Awarded Special DUI Prosecution Grant

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November 20, 2017
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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 a highly trained, specialized prosecutor, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety ("OTS").  The $178,340.00 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 jeopardize the health and safety of our community,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “This grant helps enable our office with the tools necessary to hold offenders accountable and preserve the safety of our roads for motorists and pedestrians alike.”


In 2014/2015 there were 10 deaths and 453 injuries as a result of DUI crashes in the City and County of San Francisco.


Funding from this DUI Prosecution Grant will aid the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in handling cases through each step of the criminal process from crash scene to sentencing, prosecuting both alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases.


Prosecution team members will work with California’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Training Network to expand knowledge and resources in the office by obtaining and delivering specialized training, including the emerging problem of drug-impaired driving.  Team members will share information with peers and law enforcement throughout the county and state. 


“Vertical prosecution teams working serious DUI cases get the positive results needed,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will be working to help keep the streets across San Francisco safe for everyone.”


While alcohol remains the most common underlying source of DUI crashes, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office supports the new effort from OTS to drive awareness that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  Prescription medications and marijuana can also be impairing by themselves, or in combination with alcohol, and can result in a DUI arrest. 


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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