The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has been awarded a $912,050 Impaired Driving Prosecution Grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to expand the Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Unit.
In 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a 7.2% increase in fatal vehicle collisions nationwide, and a projected increase of 18.4% for the first six months of 2021. Between October 2020 and September 2021, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office filed 5,228 cases involving individuals allegedly driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or a combination of both.
“The stark increase in automobile deaths makes it all the more imperative to save lives and reduce accidents through increased enforcement of alcohol and drug-impaired driving,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said. “This grant from OTS supports this crucial work and sends the strong message that our office is committed to aggressively ensuring that people who drink or do drugs stay off the road. We deeply appreciate our great partnership with OTS.”
Funding from OTS’ Impaired Driving Prosecution Grant will support staff members in Feuer’s office who prosecute alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases. In addition to managing cases, staff members work with the Southern California Training Network to share knowledge about programs combatting drug-impaired driving.
Feuer is reminding motorists about the danger of driving impaired, particularly during trhe New Year’s Even weekend. For information, visit lacityattorney.org.
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