SAN DIEGO–The California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded the San Diego County 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 important grant, the Sheriff’s Department can continue to protect San Diego county from impaired drivers,” said Sheriff Bill Gore.
Impaired driving checkpoints, patrols, distracted driving and traffic enforcement will all be funded by the grant. The goal is to reduce DUI-related crashed and deaths in San Diego county.
So far in 2019, nearly 1,100 people have been arrested for impaired driving by Sheriff’s deputies. In 2018, deputies arrested 1,183 people for impaired driving (marijuana and prescription drug use).