For release on November 9, 2022
Assistant Crime Laboratory Director
Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office Receives Grant to Improve Crime Laboratory Breath Alcohol Testing Program
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a $449,800 state grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety that will streamline the way the DA’s Crime Lab processes thousands of breath alcohol tests every year.
The tests are the most common way to legally assess if drivers are illegally driving while intoxicated. The DA’s Office prosecutes between 3,000 to 4,000 DUIs a year.
“Our state-of-the-art crime lab processes evidence in most of our cases - from DNA to drunk driving tests,” DA Jeff Rosen said. “Improving the efficiency of our testing improves public safety in Santa Clara County.”
The new grant will be used to:
- acquire important software updates for the instruments;
- to purchase a laboratory management system for consolidating and streamlining testing processes;
- to acquire additional evidentiary breath alcohol testing instruments to ease the flow of rotating freshly calibrated instruments through field sites;
- and to upgrade the existing modem infrastructure to an ethernet system.
These improvements will greatly streamline processes and improve the efficiency of the DA Crime Laboratory’s breath alcohol testing program.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California OTS, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant program will run through September 2023.