Grant targets drunken driving offenders |

Grant targets drunken driving offenders

PLACER COUNTY “-Felony and misdemeanor DUI offenders sentenced to probation can expect increased supervision thanks to a recent grant in excess of $186,285 awarded to the Placer County Probation Department by the State Office of Traffic Safety.

The intent of the new program is to reduce the number of offenders who continue to drive under the influence, according to a Placer County press release. The Probation Department holds offenders accountable by enforcing court orders and through supervision in the community.

“We continue to be concerned by the high number of DUI cases in Placer County, especially repeat offenders,” said Chief Probation Officer Stephen Pecor in the press release. “It appears that many of these individuals had not gotten the message in the past about drinking and driving.”

The California Probation Felony and Repeat DUI Offender Program will allow the Probation Department to more effectively supervise felony/misdemeanor DUI offenders on formal probation and DUI offenders who have outstanding bench warrants, according to the release.

Intensified supervision will include random urinalysis tests, breath tests and unannounced visits to the home of the offender, along with special enforcement operations in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies.

“We’re happy that the Placer County Probation Department continues to target the worst-of-the-worst,” Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety, stated in the release. “These repeat offenders need the supervision this grant facilitates, keeping themselves and everyone else safer on our roadways.”

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