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The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office has received a $135,000 grant to fund the “Countywide Impaired Driving Awareness and Education Campaign.”
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
With this grant, the District Attorney’s Office and the Sacramento Law Enforcement Chaplaincy (LEC) will continue presenting the “Real DUI Court Sentencing” program to Sacramento County high schools, middle schools, and community college students.
In an effort to reduce underage drinking and drunk driving, the “Real DUI Court Sentencing” program brings real-life DUI court hearings to schools, where sentencing hearings are conducted in front of students with a judge, prosecutor, defendant and defense counsel. The hearing is followed by a number of speakers including a judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, law enforcement representative and Mothers Against Drunk Driving representative. A survey and evaluation will be given to students to gauge the impact of the presentations.
Starting in 2010, there have been 88 “Real DUI Court Sentencing” presentations at 51 different schools in Sacramento County. These schools consist of three community colleges, 42 high schools and six middle schools. This grant will fund an additional eight presentations, with the goal of reaching an additional 6,000 students. Student activities related to drinking and driving prevention will be conducted following the presentations and at community events.
The LEC will also assist with the planning and delivery of the “Every 15 Minutes” program and participate in a new CHP “Start Smart” program, which will convey to students and parents the seriousness of teens driving under the influence.
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert states, “With continued OTS funding and our partnership with the LEC, we will be able to reach thousands of additional students with these impactful programs and activities. It is important we continue these prevention efforts and provide students with a real-life perspective on the safety risks and criminal consequences of driving under the influence.”
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