Sacto 9-1-1
January 4, 2012
New grants help combat drugged driving in Sacramento County

The Sacramento County District Attorney's office has received grants totaling $1.37 million to fight drug-impaired driving.

"These grants will enable us to prosecute drug-related driving offenses with the same level of expertise and success as alcohol-related DUI cases," said District Attorney Jan Scully.

Funding includes:

-- $435,000 to buy an instrument for the crime lab to test for drugs such as Xanax, Valium, Ambien and marijuana in drug-impaired driving cases. Funding also includes a portable breath testing instrument and employee overtime costs for crime lab staff to help at DUI checkpoints.

-- $935,000 to expand a program that prosecutes DUIs that result in death or serious injury. With the additional funding, the unit will expand to include drug-impaired driving cases.

The two grants come from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A DA press release said that a recent study showed that 23 percent of all fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs.

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