For the last six years, cases in which someone dies at the hands of a DUI driver are now investigated as potential murders, instead of approaching the case as a DUI car crash in which someone died.
This higher level of investigation, prosecution, and accountability by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office is supported by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, which is in its sixth year of funding the DA’s DUI Homicide Unit.
Last year, 20 people were killed on San Diego County roads as a result of DUI crashes. So far this year, 15 people have been killed in 12 fatal crashes.
While general DUI-related cases continue to decrease overall in the past decade, serious DUI injury and death cases remain consistent.
More than 9,629 DUI-related cases were prosecuted by the San Diego DA’s Office last year, down from 9,934 the year before. At the same time, however, the office prosecuted 451 DUI with injury or fatality cases, a 10 % increase over last year.
The DA’s Office is receiving a grant of $411,693.00 from the Office of Traffic Safety to prevent and prosecute impaired driving deaths. To date, the organization has provided more than $2.7 million in DUI grants to the DA’s Office.
As part of the grant and with assistance from the State’s Traffic Safety Resource Program, the DUI Homicide Unit coordinates and participates in DUI prevention and awareness in schools, military bases and colleges.
It also supports training to local law enforcement agencies. Funding from this DUI Prosecution Grant will aid the District Attorney’s Office in handling cases through each step of the criminal process. This includes prosecuting both alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases. In fatal and major injury DUI vehicle collisions, members of the team may respond to the crash scene to assist in the investigation.
For the full release check out the PDF below:
Content retrieved from: http://www.sdcda.org/files/DUI%20Homicide%20Grant%20News%20Release%2011-19-2019.pdf