San Diego County Keeps Close Tabs On DUI Offenders
Monday, December 17, 2012
Aired 12/18/12 on KPBS News.
DUI offenders who are at high risk of making the same mistake are being closely monitored by the San Diego County Probation Department.
SAN DIEGO People who've been convicted of drunk driving are at greater risk of re-offending, especially during the Christmas holidays. The San Diego County Probation Department is trying to keep close tabs on these individuals.
The department closely monitors about 750 DUI offenders in San Diego County. These people have been convicted of drunk driving at least four times, or have seriously hurt someone in an alcohol-related crash.
Probation Department Chief Mack Jenkins explained that some of the worst offenders have to wear an alcohol-detection device 24 hours a day.
"Some of them are actually alcoholics," he said. "So they're at greater risk. So what we want to do is ratchet up our level of supervision, not to necessarily catch them to do wrong, but really to try to deter them from making another bad decision."
Jenkins says last year, less than 1 percent of offenders who were closely monitored had another DUI.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says it made 263 DUI arrests between Thanksgiving 2011 and January 2, 2012.