Sheriff's Department Receives Grant to Stop Drunk Drivers

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More than $800,000 to be used for DUI enforcement, checkpoints

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has gotten a huge boost in its mission to keep drunk drivers off our roadways.

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) recently awarded the Sheriff’s Department an $820,644 grant that will fund a year’s worth of special operations and campaigns designed to stop drunk driving.

Among the activities that the grant will fund include DUI checkpoints, patrols, warrant sweeps and traffic enforcement. The goal is to reduce DUI-related crashes and deaths.

So far this year, 1,311 people have been arrested for DUI by the Sheriff’s Department. In 2013, deputies arrested 1,888 people for drunk driving.

“The Sheriff’s Department is proud to work with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to send the message that drunk driving will not be tolerated,” said Sheriff Bill Gore. “If you’re caught driving drunk, you will go to jail.”

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