Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and County District Attorney Jackie Lacey were joined today by other top law enforcement officials to warn the public about the hazards of driving under the influence during the holiday season.
"Driving a car under the influence is against the law and so is driving a motorized scooter when impaired," said Feuer. "This year alone my office has prosecuted over 6,900 DUIs. Don’t drink or use cannabis, or other drugs, and drive any kind of vehicle. We will prosecute."
"These are senseless – and easy-to-prevent – crimes that destroy the lives of everyone involved," Lacey said. "Together, let us make our streets safer this holiday season, which is something we can all celebrate."
City Attorney Feuer’s office has filed more than 6,900 driving under the influence cases to date this year while District Attorney Lacey’s office has filed more than 12,000 such cases.
The number of driving under the influence of drugs cases presented for filing consideration increased 66% for City Attorney Feuer's office - from 433 cases reviewed in 2017 to 720 this year. Similarly, this number nearly quadrupled for District Attorney Lacey's office - from 285 such cases in 2017 to more than 1,000 as of Sept. 30.
In addition, City Attorney Feuer prosecuted 11 DUI’s stemming from motorized scooters.
Anticipating an increase in these cases, District Attorney Lacey established the DUI Training and Prosecution Section in January 2017 to address this emerging area of cannabis-related criminal law.
Thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, District Attorney Lacey's office continues to improve training and increase the number of certified drug recognition experts in Los Angeles County. City Attorney Feuer’s office was awarded a $724,966 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to expand a vertical prosecution team focused on impaired driving and advancing traffic safety.
Both Lacey and Feuer reiterated they will aggressively investigate and prosecute vehicular deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers.
“We need the help of family, friends and others who can hopefully prevent a potential deadly outcome when they notice someone may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” District Attorney Lacey said.
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