(NAPA, Calif--) Those arrested for DUI in Napa County, especially repeat offenders and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can continue to expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors and investigators, thanks to a second year of grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The $283,343 grant to the Napa County District Attorney’s Office will fund a Vertical Prosecution team that will work cases from arrest through sentencing.
The purpose of the program is to prevent impaired driving and reduce alcohol and drug-impaired traffic fatalities and injuries in Napa County. In 2011, there was 1 death and 74 serious injuries as a result of DUI crashes in the County.
“We are most appreciative to the California Office of Traffic Safety for giving us the continued opportunity to enhance our efforts at reducing the physical, emotional and financial impact to victims from those individuals who drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs,” said Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein. Lieberstein added that the grant will “allow us to maintain enhanced enforcement efforts as well as continue to actively partner with other agencies to increase public outreach and understanding of the dangers surrounding drinking or drugged driving. This is particularly crucial as our families come together to celebrate the holiday season.”
The prosecution team will continue to handle cases throughout each step of the criminal process, prosecuting both alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases. In fatal and major injury DUI vehicle collisions, members of the team are available to respond to the crash scene to be part of the initial investigation.
Prosecution team members will work with the State’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program to increase the capabilities of the team and the office by obtaining and delivering specialized training, including training in the emerging problem of drug-impaired driving. Team members will share information with peers and law enforcement personnel throughout the county and across the state.
During the first year of the DUI Vertical Prosecution grant program, from October 2012 through September 2013, the team members:
Funding for the program comes from a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.