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

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 10, 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 Monday, December 13 through Wednesday, December 15 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. The training is coordinated through the Office of the Attorney General's (OAG) 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 crucial that we give prosecutors and police officers the tools they need to effectively enforce our DUI laws and protect the citizens of our Commonwealth," General Conway said. "These types of trainings help us coordinate with police, traffic safety experts, prosecutors, and victims' support agencies to achieve tough consequences for people who violate Kentucky DUI laws."

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. Additional trainings through the OAG's Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor program will be offered in other parts of the state later next year.

"The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety looks forward to continuing its 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 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 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, 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.