Tuesday, 04 01, 2014
Deputy Communications Director
General Jack Conway today announced that his office is again helping to train
police and prosecutors about the effective prosecution of DUI cases involving drugs. A regional seminar is being held April 2 through
April 4 at the Radisson Hotel in Covington, Ky.
training is coordinated through the Office of the Attorney General’s Traffic
Safety Resource Prosecutor Program. The
goal of the training is to create a team building approach in the detection,
apprehension, and prosecution of drivers impaired by illicit and prescription
from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that roughly one
in eight weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illicit drugs,” General
Conway said. “Additionally, of the
drivers who were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationally, one in three
tested positive for drugs. Our regional
DUI trainings provide police officers and prosecutors with the tools they need
to effectively enforce our DUI laws so they can better protect the citizens of
"Prosecuting the Drugged Driver," the training is funded through the
Kentucky Office of Highway Safety with grant funds provided by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Assistance for this training has been provided by the Kentucky Office of
Highway Safety and the Kentucky State Police.
the second regional training within the Commonwealth to focus on the growing
problem of drivers impaired by illicit and prescription drugs. Previously, trainings focused on prosecuting
drivers impaired by alcohol have been offered in Bowling Green, Prestonsburg,
Covington, Louisville, and Lexington.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and our Office of Highway Safety, look forward
to continuing a very effective partnership with the Office of the Attorney
General to provide funding in support of the Commonwealth's Traffic Safety
Resource Prosecutor Program,” said Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, who
is Gov. Steve Beshear’s designated representative for highway safety. “The
Office of the Attorney General has done an exceptional job in conducting
training workshops and coordinating training opportunities for both law
enforcement and prosecutors throughout the state. It is not only our responsibility, it is a priority
of this administration to provide all highway safety professionals with the
tools and resources they need to save and protect lives on our highways."
of the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) also plan to attend
strongly supports the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program and commends
the Office of the Attorney General for implementing this program,” said
Rosalind Donald, a Kentucky MADD victim advocate. "We are grateful to be invited to
participate in the training and hope to shed light on the long-lasting effects
that drunk-driving crashes create for victims and survivors. Drunk driving is a
serious crime. Trainings such as these help ensure that the criminal justice
system addresses DUI charges consistently and effectively, ultimately helping
protect society from needless death and injury."
training is presented under the direction of the American Prosecutors Research
Institute's (APRI) National Traffic Law Center and is open to the media.
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