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State grant helps Sacramento DA target repeat drunken drivers

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced it has received a $702,522 grant to target repeat drunken drivers and drivers involved in serious crashes that result in death or serious injuries.

The grant comes from California Office of Traffic Safety and will fund a team composed of two specialized prosecutors and an investigator who are trained in handling cases involving drunken- or drug-impaired driving cases, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

Through the program, the team will be taught how to become experts in collision reconstruction, sentencing laws related to DUI crimes, as well as the effects drugs and alcohol have on the body. They may also respond to serious and fatal DUI crashes to be part of the investigation.

“The ongoing partnership we have with OTS allows us to aggressively prosecute the most dangerous DUI offenders who cause alcohol and drug-impaired fatalities and injuries,” District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said. “It also allows us to provide victims and victims’ families with the specialized attention of one dedicated prosecutor throughout the court process as well as support from our victim advocates.”

In the past year, 14 people have been convicted in serious DUI cases involving second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and DUI with great bodily injury, according to the news release. During that same time, 252 felony and 4,888 misdemeanor cases of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs were successfully prosecuted, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets