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

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 30, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that his office will again host training for police officers and prosecutors about the effective prosecution of DUI cases involving drugs.  A regional seminar is being held March 31 through April 2 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Covington, 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 drivers impaired by illicit and prescription drugs.

“Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that roughly one in six 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 our Commonwealth.”  Entitled "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.

This annual regional training focuses on the growing problem of drivers impaired by illicit and prescription drugs.  Previously, trainings that concentrated on alcohol DUI’s have been offered in Bowling Green, Prestonsburg, Louisville and Lexington.

"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 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."

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

“In 2015, MADD officially changed its mission statement to include victims of drugged driving offenders. Impaired driving is a serious crime,” said Rosalind Donald, MADD Kentucky Victim Advocate.  “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. We are grateful to be invited to participate in the training.  MADD’s driving purpose is to shed light on the long-lasting effects the impaired driving crashes create for victims and survivors.” 

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.