Office of the Attorney General
AG Conway Announces Regional DUI Training for Police and Prosecutors

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 17, 2014  
Contact Information:  Daniel Kemp
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that his office will again host a training for police and prosecutors about the effective prosecution of DUI cases.  A regional seminar is being held Nov. 18 through Nov. 20 at the Marriott East in Louisville, Ky.


The 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 impaired drivers.


“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 our Commonwealth,” Attorney General Conway said.  “These types of trainings help us coordinate with police, traffic safety experts, prosecutors, and victim service providers to achieve tough consequences for DUI offenders."


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 is provided by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and the Kentucky State Police.


Previously, this regional training was offered in Bowling Green, Covington, Lexington, and Prestonsburg.  Additional trainings through the Office of the Attorney General’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program will be offered in other parts of the state next year.


"The 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 serves as 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."


Representatives of the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) also plan to attend the training.


"MADD 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."


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.


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