San Bernardino, Calif. – The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office will have a specialized prosecution team that handles alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases through a $553,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

“Impaired driving is a growing problem, particularly with drivers suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, ” District Attorney Jason Anderson said. “This program allows us to focus specifically on holding those who decide to drive impaired accountable for their dangerous actions.”

 “Experience and knowledge are critical for prosecutors to build successful impaired driving cases,” OTS Director Barbara Rooney said. “This program provides resources, tools and a strong training network for DUI prosecution teams that hold people who drive under the influence accountable for their actions.”

The specialized prosecution team will also partner with the statewide Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Training Program (TSRP) to provide training to other prosecutors and investigators, as well as collaborate with law enforcement agencies on best practices handling and managing driving under the influence (DUI) cases.

This is the 9th  year San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has received funding from the OTS for a specialized (DUI) prosecution program. Last year, the prosecution team filed 5223 DUI cases, including 23  DUI drug cases and 1023 DUI combined alcohol and drug cases.

The grant program runs through September 2022.