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SDSO Receives $550,000 Grant for DUI Enforcement

San Diego County CA— The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is getting a big helping hand with its ongoing mission to keep impaired drivers off our roadways. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has awarded the Sheriff’s Department a $550,000 grant that will fund a year’s worth of special operations and campaigns designed to stop drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

“Thanks to this grant, deputies will have access to additional resources that will help them keep our communities safe from impaired drivers,” said Sheriff Bill Gore. DUI checkpoints, patrols, warrant sweeps and distracted driving and traffic enforcement will all be funded by the grant.

The goal is to reduce DUI-related crashes and deaths in San Diego County. So far this year, more than 1,200 people have been arrested for DUI by Sheriff’s Deputies. In 2014, the Sheriff’s Department arrested 1,610 people for drunk driving.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).