LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has increased funding for the prosecution of DUI cases involving marijuana and other drugs.
A $981,124 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was approved this year to pay for the program, which also aims to prevent impaired driving and reduce alcohol and drug-related fatalities and injuries, according to a press release issued by the D.A.’s office.READ MORE: 6-Year-Old Wounded After Gunfire Erupts At Sun Valley Apartment Complex
Last year, the office received a $869,646 grant.READ MORE: Villanueva 'Disappointed' After DA Reportedly Declines To Prosecute Alleged Hate Incident
The funding pays for the DUI Training and Prosecution Section (DTAPS) which is tasked with reviewing, and in some instances, prosecuting DUI-drug cases that result in a homicide.MORE NEWS: Volunteers Looking To Help As Shelter For Unaccompanied Migrant Children Set To Open In Long Beach
According to the D.A., the increased funding also will help DTAPS “improve the training tools and resources used to work with police agencies and increase the number of officers who are certified Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) in Los Angeles County.”