Contra Costa County Probation Department to Monitor High-Risk DUI Offenders – State Grant to Support Concentrated Effort to Reduce Repeat Offenses

November 22, 2017 8:00 am · 21 comments

Contra Costa County’s Probation Department will get a boost in its efforts to ensure that high-risk, felony and repeat DUI offenders are complying with court orders and keeping it safe on the roadways.

The County has been awarded a $373,541 grant to help the Probation Department target potential repeat offenders.  The grant comes from the state’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS.)

“We are grateful for the continued partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety, which now spans more than ten years,” said Chief Probation Officer Todd Billeci.  “The oversight and assistance of OTS, coupled with strong working relationships with state and local law enforcement agencies, allows the Probation Department to closely monitor and rehabilitate offenders.  The goal is to protect the public and reduce the traumatic impact impaired driving causes across our community.”

During 2014/2015, 21 people were killed and 449 injured in Contra Costa County alone because of collisions tied to alcohol and other drugs.  The grant puts a special focus on high-risk repeat offenders.  It will allow the Probation Department to intensely monitor drivers on probation for felony DUI or multiple misdemeanor DUI convictions.  Tactics will include unannounced home searches, random alcohol and drug testing, and special monitoring to ensure compliance with court-ordered DUI education and treatment programs.

“Probation orders help ensure that these offenders are not a risk to themselves or others,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “By working on compliance, the Contra Costa County Probation Department, with the assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will be helping keep the streets across Contra Costa County safe for all.”

While alcohol remains the biggest factor in DUI crashes, the Contra Costa County Probation Department supports the new effort from OTS that aims to boost awareness that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  Prescription medications and marijuana can also be impairing on their own, as well as in combination with alcohol and other drugs, leading to a DUI arrest.

Funding for the California Office of Traffic Safety grant is through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Dude November 22, 2017 at 8:12 AM

They should crack down on the people who are required to have an interlock device installed in their car that never drive the car with the device. They park the interlock car and drive another car daily with no device. Defeats the purpose.

I wonder how many repeat DUI and DUI crashes involved someone that was driving a car with no device, but was given their license back with the restriction they only operate a vehicle that has the device installed and functioning properly? Somebody in the media should ask.

Bill Cutting November 22, 2017 at 9:35 AM

840 people killed in a state of 40 million ppl a year from DUIs. 740 killed from jaywalking. Texting kills 3000 a day and 1,300,000 a year. Priorities right. Spare me the anti drinking mafia grifter scam called DUIs. Total money making sham. If police were really concerned they would offer free rides home from the bars. If the Law makers were really concerned they would use tax money to at least have shuttles waiting for people at bars to take them home. Statistically you have a 99.99% chance of surviving drinking and driving I know it seems ignorant to say but it’s the truth. You can’t regulate human error as much as you try. Sure we need limitations.. I’m not a fool but they lowered the limit so low that having a sip will get you tossed in the dungeons … we already tried prohibition it doesn’t work. Stop fleecing the public under the guise of protecting the public And give citizens a faster and easier way to expunge this from their records … at least give people a chance to right their wrongs… I mean you just decriminalized HIV murder California lawmakers … we don’t seem to have the brightest bunch of lawmakers here in CA

Anonymous November 22, 2017 at 9:39 AM

An often ignored condition of probation is that convicted DUI offenders are not allowed to drink at all. Hopefully probation will be knocking on doors, testing probationers ( most of whom are alcoholics) and taking them to jail.

James Tiscareno November 22, 2017 at 9:53 AM

I am okay with current punishment for a DUI offense but the punishment for repeat DUI offenders must be much much more severe. So severe that DUI offenders will no longer drive when they’ve been drinking. Its that simple.

Bringit November 22, 2017 at 10:03 AM

They should all be in jail, problem solved.

Dawg November 22, 2017 at 10:58 AM

In Nevada a third DUI is a felony with mandatory prison time. California needs to get tougher.

Same November 22, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Did they ever name the alleged DUI driver who head-on crashed on Willow Pass the other day? There has been no further mention of this person in the news.

Bill Cutting November 22, 2017 at 12:03 PM

Ok then do the same to people who repeat text and drive which is statistically more prevalent and more dangerous. 840 a year out 40 million Just saying if those were the odds on a craps table to lose you’d never crap out but hey you want to get all walking tall over a made up epidemic go for it. I just think it’s overkill and a tad bit odd that there’s no after hours public transportation to offset this problem yet none of you ever want to come up with a solution it’s always crucify and punish with sociopaths like the dui mafia people

CSS November 22, 2017 at 12:09 PM

@ Bill Cutting
While I agree with you that CA doesn’t have the brightest politicians, using tax money to enable alcoholics and drunks to proliferate doesn’t solve anything but create additional problems. It might be better to hold people accountable and responsible for their actions and behaviors and stop enabling bad ones. It’s the same principle used in raising children so they become responsible adults.

TIFOKCIS November 22, 2017 at 1:14 PM

Sanctuary Status are of course exempt.

Safety Second November 22, 2017 at 1:16 PM

@ #2 Bill Cutting…well said! If these Democrat Politicians and their constituents were truly outraged over repeat DUIs, they would require automatic deportation of any illegal alien or green card holder. But that won’t happen because LOGIC doesn’t apply with the mental disorder known as liberalism

Sign from Above November 22, 2017 at 1:25 PM

@ #2
“If police were really concerned they would offer free rides home from the bars.”

Really? What an ignorant statement. Sorry, but I don’t want my tax money going toward turning police officers into DUI taxi driver’s. I’m sure the officers do care, as they see the outcome of drinking and driving all the time. Cops do care. To think otherwise is simply idiocy!

Original G November 22, 2017 at 4:08 PM

There’s a difference between problem drinkers and Alcoholics.

The problem drinker goes before the Judge and is told next time I see you in my Court you WILL do Prison time and decides to stop drinking.

The Alcoholic goes before the Judge and is told next time you I see you in my Court you WILL do Prison time. As he walks out of Court headed for the bar, he wonders what it’s going to be like in Prison.

Retired Atty November 22, 2017 at 5:03 PM

10,265 people died in DUI accidents in 2015 alone in the United States. That is the equivalent of two commercial airlines crashing per week, and killing all aboard. Think of the news coverage and congressional hearings that would occur if two airliners crashed every week. The U.S. lost over 200,000 soldiers and sailors during WWII. Since WWII, we have lost three times that many americans to DUI.

It takes a lot more than a “sip” of alcohol to get to a .08. To achieve a .08 BAC, an average 180 lb man must have about 5 average beers (12 oz) in his bloodstream/system. Since he would also burn off 1 beer per hour with an average metabolism, that means about 6 beers during a two hour visit to a bar or a friends house before driving.

Who among us does not know someone; a cousin or neighbor or whomever, that has been killed due to a DUI. To say this is not serious is insane. The solution is very simple for any “bill-cutters” out there. Don’t drink and drive.

Cyco Miko November 22, 2017 at 5:16 PM

I think repeat DUI offenders should be tried for attempt murder, then murder if they actually kills anyone.

Me November 23, 2017 at 9:45 AM

@Cyco Miko,
Then people who text and drive must be charged with the same. People who text and drive are making a cognizant, sober decision. Drunk drivers are making a decision in a mental state that would get them out of a contract or marriage.

Bill Cutting November 23, 2017 at 12:16 PM

Meh more ppl die from cigarettes and over eating retirement home atty flake… again 10 thousand sounds like a lot when you get all emotional about it like Fat B dropping turtleheads in Austin powers 2 but…. stats are on my side and 10 thousand outs of 300 plus million still gives you phenomenal odds to survive like 99.99% so yeah run and hide with the chicken little thought process. I don’t drink and drive but bad food and texting kills way more and I don’t see you in a uproar over those deaths. I’m just saying set the DUI levels back to the 80s so people can go enjoy themselves again without having to worry about some rookie cop looking to earn some stripes/robbing you of $10-$20,000 when you didn’t hurt anybody trying to get home call me crazy But that just doesn’t seem right or fair if nobody gets injured I mean if you’re going to be all about this selective enforcement let’s really get selective here

Bill Cutting November 23, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Number 12 it says right on the side of their cop cars to serve and protect so giving a ride to an incapacitated citizen seems like serving to me I don’t know why you have an issue with a police officer helping a citizen. I would have no problem paying a couple cents on a purchase to go towards more public transportation for the nightlife in the bay area we really need it Bart closes at midnight it’s a joke it’s all rigged against anybody trying to have fun if you can’t see that I can’t help you

Joatmeal November 23, 2017 at 12:31 PM

@Me

You’re way off the mark. A texter may look away for a few seconds and resume normal operation. A drunk is a drunk 100% of the time they are behind the wheel.

Same November 27, 2017 at 11:49 AM

#17 Me makes some good points. Joatmeal, a distracted driver is probably distracted every time they get in the car with their phone. The total time spent distracted may not be very different than the Friday night drunk. One might even argue the drunk might be out at 2AM while the distracted driver is driving in rush hour traffic. What’s more, is the consequence of a distracted driver (i.e. texting), sleepy driver, or drunk driver very different?

Kentucky Derby November 27, 2017 at 12:25 PM

A drunk is drunk 100% of the time, but all it takes is a few seconds – and that’s what texting will do. Texting is just as bad (if not worse) than drunk driving. And then you have people who are drunk AND texting at the same time.

Quit minimizing texting. It’s extremely dangerous.

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