Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Regional DUI Training

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 19, 2010  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that his office will again host training for police officers and local prosecutors about the effective prosecution of DUI cases at a regional seminar on Wednesday, January 20 through Friday, January 22 at the Hilton Suites at Lexington Green in Lexington, Kentucky. The training is coordinated through the Attorney General’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program, headed by Robert Stokes. The goal of the training is to create a team building approach in the detection, apprehension and prosecution of impaired drivers.

"It is imperative that we continue to take a team approach to dealing with drunk driving and the tragic consequences it has on families and communities across Kentucky." said General Conway. "By giving police and prosecutors the tools they need to effectively enforce Kentucky’s DUI laws, we can better protect the citizens of the Commonwealth."

Entitled "Protecting Lives, Saving Futures," 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.  Previously, this regional training was offered in Bowling Green, Prestonsburg, Covington and Louisville with great success. Additional trainings through the OAG’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor program will be offered in other parts of the state later this year.

"The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is proud of our continued partnership with the Office of the Attorney General to provide funding in support of the Commonwealth’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor. Robert Stokes has done an exceptional job in conducting training workshops and coordinating training opportunities for both law enforcement and prosecutors throughout the state," said acting Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, the Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety.  "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."

Representatives of the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving also plan to attend the training. "MADD strongly supports the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program and commends the Attorney General's office for implementing this program," said Kristen White, MADD Kentucky 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 address DUI charges consistently and effectively, which ultimately helps protect society from needless death and injury."

The training is presented under the direction of the American Prosecutors Research Institute’s (APRI) National Traffic Law Center and is open to the media.