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CHP Distributes Over $12 Million to Fight Impaired Driving

The California Highway Patrol has announced that more than $12 million in grant funding will be awarded to 45 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.

“These grant funds go beyond impaired driving enforcement efforts. Money will be used to support education, training, and outreach in communities throughout California,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray.

“This is an opportunity to work with various traffic safety stakeholders to help make California’s roadways safer for all who use them.”

Thirty 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 impaired drivers.

Additionally, funding will allow for public outreach campaigns, including educational presentations and community events.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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