The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that it received a grant of nearly $1M to improve training for DUI detection and reduction. The grant by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will provide funds to train Drug Recognition Experts (DRE). DREs are specially trained police officers who determine whether a driver is impaired by drugs at the time of arrest.
The goal of the grant is to reduce arrests and fatalities for DUI in LA where the driver is marijuana-impaired. The grant will also pay for work by the DUI Training and Prevention Section (DTAPS). This group reviews and prosecutes DUI-related homicides. The funding represents an 8% increase over last year’s grant to fund the same services.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, traffic fatalities increased 7 percent from 3,387 in 2015 to 3,623 in 2016. 26% of fatalities involved alcohol in 2015. The percentage of alcohol related fatalities increased to 29% in 2016. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office hopes to see increased enforcement and decreased arrests and fatalities in the county.
Los Angeles DUI Lawyer
When you face DUI charges in Los Angeles, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. With more than 30 years of practice in criminal defense, he will fight aggressively for you in court.
Many drivers don’t realize that the same alcohol impairment penalties apply to marijuana and other substance impairments. In addition, a history of impaired driving will result in accelerated penalties. These could include mandatory jail time, fines, driving restrictions, driver retraining, probation and other sanctions. In addition, your insurance costs will rise. Multiple convictions for impaired driving could mean that you can no longer get car insurance.
Most impaired driving arrests in California result in misdemeanor charges. That doesn’t mean they’re not serious, though. Your best defense is to hire an experienced defense lawyer who will fight for you in court.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County DUI case.
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