The San Diego City Attorney’s Office was awarded a quarter-of-a-million-dollar grant for its work with drug DUI cases.
“Driving under the influence of drugs can have devastating effects on San Diego drivers and their families,” City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said.
The grant will help fund officials from arrests through any convictions, according to a statement released by Elliott’s office Monday.
The year-long grant runs from October 1 to September 30 of the following year. San Diego also received the award in 2017.
The city saw 3,110 DUI cases under its last grant, 228 were misdemeanor cases involving drug use, according to the City Attorney’s Office.
“Our city continues to see DUI cases involving the misuse of prescription drugs, marijuana, and illegal drugs, often in combination with alcohol,” Elliott said.
In 2015, there were 90 deaths and 2,364 serious injuries as a result of DUI crashes throughout the county, according to the City Attorney.
Elliott’s team has supported efforts like “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze” and other campaigns to deter dangerous driving.
“Driving under the influence is a crime that will not be tolerated,” said Rhonda Craft, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Funding the prosecution of individuals who put lives at risk is one of many ways we are working to educate the public on the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence.”
The $255,850 grant was funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.