The California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded a $136,000 grant to the Madera County District Attorney’s Office to fund a program to prosecute more serious alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases, according to District Attorney Michael R. Keitz.
“The safety of the public is ever-present in our minds. Impaired drivers place the public in great danger and must be held accountable for their actions,” said Keitz in a public statement.
The number of impaired driving cases submitted to the DA’s office has increased over the years, according to the statement. Most notable is the increase in felony alcohol or drug-intoxicated driving cases, which climbed from 23 in 2008 to 70 in 2011.
“This grant will assist my office in placing additional emphasis on prosecuting these drivers with the intent to deter those who might consider driving after drinking or taking drugs and help eliminate injuries and deaths associated with these criminal acts,” said Keitz...