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CHP distributes over $19 million to fight impaired driving

The California Highway Patrol on Tuesday announced more than $19 million in grant funding to 71 California law enforcement agencies, crime laboratories, and nonprofit organizations to help address the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The grants are the result of Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which tasked the CHP with administering grants for education, prevention, and enforcement programs to help communities combat impaired driving. Money is also available to crime laboratories conducting forensic toxicology testing.

Funding for the grants comes from a tax on the cultivation and sale of cannabis and cannabis products sold in California.

“Communities throughout California will benefit greatly from the disbursement of these grant funds intended to help make California’s roadways safer for all who use them,” said CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee. “The money will be used to help enhance traffic safety by educating the public on the dangers of impaired driving, removing impaired drivers from the roadway through enforcement operations, and advancing research on the issue.”

Fifty-four recipients of law enforcement grants will use funds to address impaired driving within their communities. In addition to traditional impaired driving enforcement, funds will also be used for drug recognition evaluator training to enhance their respective agency’s ability to detect drug-impaired drivers. Additionally, funding will allow for public outreach campaigns, including educational presentations and community events.

Listed below are the law enforcement grant recipients for state fiscal year 2023-2024, which begins July 1:

Anaheim Police Department
Anderson Police Department
Auburn Police Department
Berkeley Police Department
Brawley Police Department
Brea Police Department
Calexico Police Department
Chula Vista Police Department
City of Corona Police Department
City of El Monte Police Department
City of Fullerton Police Department
City of Glendale Police Department
City of La Verne Police Department
City of McFarland Police Department
City of Montebello Police Department
City of Parlier Police Department
Covina Police Department
Danville Police Department
El Cajon Police Department
El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office
Fairfield Police Department
Folsom Police Department
Fort Bragg Police Department
Garden Grove Police Department
Hanford Police Department
Huntington Beach Police Department
Imperial County Sheriff’s Office
Irvine Police Department
Kensington Police Department
La Habra Police Department
La Mesa Police Department
Lincoln Police Department
Los Angeles Police Department
Manteca Police Department
Marysville Police Department
Monterey Park Police Department
Morgan Hill Police Department
Ontario Police Department
Orange Police Department
Pittsburg Police Department
Rio Dell Police Department
Riverside Police Department
Rocklin Police Department
San Diego Police Department
San Joaquin Police Department
Sierra Madre Police Department
Simi Valley Police Department
St. Helena Police Department
Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Winters Police Department
Woodland Police Department
Yuba City Police Department

Five recipients of education grants will use funds to teach local communities about impaired driving laws, while highlighting the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Below are the education grant recipients for state fiscal year 2023-2024:

City of Lancaster
City of Long Beach
Imperial County Sheriff’s Office
Marin County Public Defender
Sacramento County District Attorney Laboratory of Forensic Services, Arrive Alive

Eleven recipients of two-year toxicology crime laboratories grants will use funds to eliminate backlogs in the analysis of forensic science evidence and to purchase and/or upgrade laboratory equipment to improve testing capabilities.

Below are toxicology crime laboratory grant recipients for state fiscal years 2023-2025:

Contra Costa County, Office of the Sheriff, Forensic Services Division
Kern Regional Crime Laboratory
Los Angeles Police Department
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, City and County of San Francisco
Orange County Crime Laboratory
Sacramento County District Attorney Crime Lab
San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
San Diego Medical Examiner Department
San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Forensic Laboratory
Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office
Ventura County Forensic Services Bureau

One recipient of a one-year toxicology medical examiners/coroner’s office grant will use funds to help improve and advance the data collection in cases involving driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Below is the medical examiners/coroner’s office grant recipient for state fiscal year 2023-2024:

Riverside County Sheriff's Department

The application process for future grant funding is expected to open again in early 2024. Additional information is available on the CHP Web site, at CHP’s Cannabis Tax Fund Grant Program.

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