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Placer County, Calif.- Felony and repeat misdemeanor DUI offenders are over represented in traffic crashes involving alcohol and other drugs, often with tragic results.

An $86,325 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to the Placer County Probation Department will be making sure that these worst-of-the-worst offenders are complying with all court orders.

“Our department is extremely grateful to receive this grant as it increases our resources to supervise and hold high-risk DUI offenders accountable,” said Chief Probation Officer Marshall Hopper. “Intensive Services, unannounced contacts and appropriate treatment recommendations continuously remind offenders of their court-ordered terms and conditions. This program holds offenders accountable, providing for safer roadways in our community.”

The grant will fund officers to intensely monitor drivers on probation for felony DUI or multiple misdemeanor DUI convictions.  Supervision for these high-risk offenders will include:

* Unannounced home searches
* Random alcohol and drug testing
* Special monitoring to ensure compliance with court-ordered DUI education and treatment programs

The Intensive Probation Supervision for High-Risk Felony and Repeat DUI Offenders grant is aimed at reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the county.  In 2012, 8 were killed and 175 injured in such crashes in Placer County.      

“California’s roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users.  The Placer County Probation Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Funding for the grant is from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.