Riverside DA Receives Grant To Prosecute Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs

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RIVERSIDE – Drivers arrested in Riverside County on suspicion of driving under the influence
of drugs or a combination of alcohol and drugs can expect to continue facing highly specialized prosecutors funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The $423,895 grant to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office continues to fund a vertical prosecution team that will handle driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) cases from arrest all the way through sentencing. The new grant covers two deputy district attorneys for fiscal year 2017/2018.

Over the previous grant period from Oct. 1, 2016 to Set. 30, 2017, the DA’s Office countywide filed 7,344 DUI cases. Of those, 474 filed cases across Riverside County were driving under the influence of drugs only and another 382 cases filed were a combination of drugs and alcohol. While alcohol remains the primary cause in DUI crashes, the DA’s Office supports the new effort from the state Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) that aims to drive home awareness that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze”. Prescription medications and marijuana can, by themselves or in combination with alcohol, impair drivers resulting in a DUI arrest.

Under the grant, prosecution team members will work with the state’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 personnel throughout the county and across the state.

The grant period runs from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018. Funding comes from grants by OTS, through the National Highway Traffic Administration.

If you get arrested for a DUI, contact The Law Office of Richard Wagner for a FREE consultation at 714-721-4423.

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