Los Angeles County prosecutors are set to receive $981,000 in state and federal funds next year to investigate and prosecute DUI cases involving marijuana and other drugs, authorities announced Monday.
The money will go to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office DUI Training and Prosecution Section, “which is tasked with reviewing, and in some instances, prosecuting DUI drug cases that result in a homicide,” the District Attorney’s Office said in a written statement.
The funds will also be used to work with county police agencies to increase the number of officers certified as drug recognition experts, officials said.
“Education and enforcement are needed tools to counteract the rise in impaired driving that has been seen in other states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, according to a study released last month by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,” according to statement.
The grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and California Office of Traffic Safety represents a 13 percent increase from last year’s grant of $869,000.