The Contra Costa County Probation Department is keeping their eyes on high-risk DUI offenders, thanks to a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety.
The following information is from the CoCo County Probation Department:
Felony and repeat misdemeanor DUI offenders are over represented in traffic crashes involving alcohol and other drugs, often with tragic results. A $162,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to the Contra Costa County Probation Department will be making sure that these worst-of-the-worst offenders are complying with all court orders.
Chief Probation Officer Philip Kader indicated “We are appreciative of this opportunity to focus on those most serious offenders who choose to disregard public safety. The Probation Department remains committed to actively collaborating with our justice system partners to protect our communities.”
The grant will fund officers to intensely monitor drivers 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, 20 were killed and 455 injured in such crashes in Contra Costa County.
The Contra Costa 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 2011, nationally 9,778 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California, the number killed was 774, with over 24,000 seriously injured.
Funding for the grant is from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.