Felony and repeat misdemeanor DUI offenders are overrepresented in traffic crashes involving alcohol or other drugs, often with tragic results. The Placer County Probation Department will be making sure that these worst-of-the-worst offenders are complying with all court orders by means of a new traffic safety grant. The $68,000 grant was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
|Marshall Hopper, Chief Probation Officer|
“OTS grant funding increases our resources to focus on high-risk DUI offenders in our community,” said Marshall Hopper, Chief Probation Officer. “Our intensive services and direct interventions continuously remind offenders of their court-ordered terms and conditions. These high-risk caseloads hold offenders accountable, making our streets safer.”
The grant will fund officers to keep an eye on individuals who are on probation for felony DUI or multiple misdemeanor DUI convictions. Supervision for these high-risk offenders will include unannounced home searches, random alcohol and drug testing and monitoring to ensure compliance with court-ordered DUI education and treatment programs.
The Intensive Probation Supervision for High-Risk Felony and Repeat DUI Offenders grant is aimed at reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug-related collisions in the county. In 2010, 14 were killed and 199 injured in such crashes in Placer County.
The Placer County Probation Department will also collaborate with other local law enforcement agencies to conduct DUI/Driver license checkpoints and warrant service operations targeting individuals who fail to make court appearances after DUI arrests.
Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. In 2010, nationally10,225 people died in highway crashes involving drivers or motorcycle operators with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California, the number killed was 791.
“California’s DUI death totals dropped significantly for five years,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “But as the economy improves and people have more to celebrate, we don’t want those figures to go back up. An effective way to combat that is through ensuring these serious DUI offenders aren’t on a path back to drunk or drugged driving.”