San Joaquin County Probation Department to keep tight rein on high-risk DUI offenders | Community
Felony and repeat misdemeanor DUI offenders are over represented in traffic crashes involving alcohol or other drugs, often with tragic results. The San Joaquin County Probation Department will be making sure that these worst-of-the-worst offenders are complying with all court orders by means of a new traffic safety grant. The $130,000 grant was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“This grant has allowed the Probation Department to more effectively supervise high-risk DUI offenders in San Joaquin County. Without this grant, the Department would not be able to provide enhanced supervision activities, which include after hour and weekend compliance checks and coordinated multi-jurisdictional operations targeting felony and repeat DUI offenders. These efforts, funded through the Office of Traffic Safety have greatly reduced the number of persons killed or injured as a result of DUI collisions in our County,” stated Chief Probation Officer Stephanie L. James.
The grant will fund officers to keep an eye on individuals who are on probation for felony DUI or multiple misdemeanor DUI convictions. Supervision for these high-risk offenders will include unannounced home searches, random alcohol and drug testing and monitoring to ensure compliance with court-ordered DUI education and treatment programs.
The Intensive Probation Supervision for High-Risk Felony and Repeat DUI Offenders grant is aimed at reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the county. In 2011, 114 victims were killed or injured in San Joaquin County as a result of alcohol involved collisions.
The San Joaquin County Probation Department will also collaborate with other local law enforcement agencies to conduct DUI/Driver license checkpoints and warrant service operations targeting individuals who fail to make court appearances after DUI arrests.
Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. In 2010, nationally10,225 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California, the number killed was 791.
“California’s DUI death totals dropped significantly for five years,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “But as the economy improves and people have more to celebrate, we don’t want those figures to go back up. An effective way to combat that is through insuring these serious DUI offenders aren’t on a path back to drunk or drugged driving.”
Source: San Joaquin County Probation Department