Office of the Attorney General
Prosecutors in Kentucky, Tennessee to Attend Inter-state Vehicular Homicide Training

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 04, 2012  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that his office will participate in an inter-state training event that focuses on the effective prosecution of vehicular homicide cases, many of which involve drunk drivers. Commonwealth's Attorneys from across Kentucky will join prosecutors from the Tennessee District Attorney's office at the Lethal Weapon, Vehicular Homicide and Crash Reconstruction for Prosecutors training event June 5-7, 2012 at the Hilton Suites at Lexington Green, 245 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, Ky. The media is also invited to attend a live staged crash conducted by Kentucky State Police at 8:30 a.m. on June 5.

The Attorney General's Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Robert Stokes, will present the training in coordination with his counterparts in Tennessee. The training will be attended by prosecutors from both Tennessee and Kentucky and crash reconstructionists from Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina. The training is open to the media and will focus on both the science behind crash reconstruction as well as the court room dynamics of dealing with this type of evidence.

"This exchange of information and hands-on training between law enforcement, reconstruction experts and prosecutors is beneficial for everyone involved," General Conway said. "Prosecutors have a unique opportunity to learn what they can reasonably expect from officers at the arrest scene, which can help them prosecute vehicular homicide cases to the fullest extent."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol related fatalities from crashes dropped 4.9 percent from 2009 to 2010 marking the 11th consecutive year for the decline.

In Kentucky, the total number of alcohol related crashes in 2009 decreased five percent compared to the previous five year average according to the Kentucky Transportation Center's analysis of data from 2005-2009. However, alcohol related collisions still account for a disproportionate number of traffic fatalities. One in five fatalities involved alcohol in 2011. Alcohol related crashes in Kentucky were a mere 3.5 percent of the total collisions last year but they accounted for 20 percent of the fatalities.

The Vehicular Homicide Conference is funded in part through the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety with grant funds provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is assisting with this event and other regional trainings in traffic safety.