High-Risk DUI Offenders

High-Risk DUI Offenders

Felony and repeat misdemeanor DUI offenders are over represented in traffic crashes involving alcohol and other drugs, often with tragic results.  A $168,358 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to the Tulare County Probation Department will be making sure that these worst-of-the-worst offenders are complying with all court orders.

Tulare County Chief Probation Officer, Michelle Bonwell, said “The intent of the Tulare County DUI Probation Supervision Program is to respond quickly and aggressively to felony DUI offenders through the assignment of two full-time Probation Officers.”

The grant will fund Probation Department officials to intensely monitor drivers on probation for felony DUI or multiple misdemeanor DUI convictions.  Supervision for these high-risk offenders includes:

  • Developing and/or maintaining a “Hot Sheet” program to notify patrol and traffic officers to be on the lookout for identified repeat DUI offenders with a suspended or revoked license as a result of DUI convictions
  • Increasing the percentage of DUI probationers in compliance with court-ordered probation
  • Conducting unannounced home searches
  • Conducting random alcohol and drug testing
  • Utilizing special monitoring to ensure compliance with court-ordered DUI education and treatment programs

The Intensive Probation Supervision for High-Risk Felony and Repeat DUI Offenders grant is aimed at reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the county.  In 2014, 19 were killed and 178 injured in such crashes in Tulare County.

“Complying with probation orders is the first and most necessary step to keep these offenders from being a danger to themselves or others in the future,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “The Office of Traffic Safety and the Tulare County Probation Department will be working together to help keep the streets and highways safe across the County of Tulare and the state.”

Funding for the grant is from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.