The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office will be receiving nearly one million dollars next year to fund its DUI Training and Prosecution Section, which is aimed towards investigating and prosecuting DUI cases in the county. The DUI Prosecution Section emphasizes investigation into prosecuting DUI drug cases that result in death. In these cases, DUI prosecutors work with the Los Angeles Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in determining whether drugs played a role in serious or fatal traffic collisions and what types of evidence must be obtained to ensure a successful prosecution of the impaired drivers that caused them. The program also works with law enforcement on programs aimed at preventing impaired driving and reducing alcohol and drug-related fatalities and injuries.
The grant of $981,124 comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This amount is an increase of over $100,000 from the previous year. The additional funding will also be used to increase the training tools and resources used to identify drug impaired drivers. The additional money for 2019 follows a study released last month from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety which found a rise in impaired driving in states where recreational marijuana has been legalized. As a result of marijuana legalization in California, law enforcement agencies are increasing officer training as it relates to recognizing drug impaired drivers as well as certifying more Drug Recognition Experts. Expect an increase in DUI patrols at the end of this year as well, with an emphasis by law enforcement officers on recognizing drivers impaired by marijuana and other drugs.