State grant funds specialized DUI prosecution team in SF

A $172,048 state grant will help train a team of specialized prosecutors to handle DUI cases, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced Tuesday.

The grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will allow the Vertical Prosecution Team to follow alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases from the arrest through conviction and sentencing.

For fatal and major injury DUI collisions, team members may also respond to the crash scene itself.

The team filed 602 felony and misdemeanor cases of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs under a previous 2015-2016 grant extending through September of this year.

As of 2013, The City reported 214 deaths and 281 serious injuries as a result of DUI crashes, officials said.

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