Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Joint Vehicular Homicide Training with Tennessee

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 22, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that his office will help host an annual 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 training, entitled “Lethal Weapon,” Tuesday, May 26 -- Friday, May 29 at the Cool Springs Marriott Hotel in Franklin, Tenn.

The Attorney General’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Robert Stokes, will present the training in coordination with his counterparts in Tennessee. The training is open to the media and is designed to create a team-building approach between crash reconstruction officers and state prosecutors. 

“The partnership between crash reconstruction experts in our law enforcement agencies and prosecutors is crucial in ensuring that these types of cases are investigated properly and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” General Conway said. “This training will allow for a better understanding of each other’s roles and will help us better protect the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

In 2014, Kentucky experienced a slight uptick in the number of traffic fatalities when compared to 2013.  In 2014, 674 people died on Kentucky roadways compared to 638 in 2013.  In 2012, 746 people died on Kentucky roadways, a stark contrast to the previous six years, when Kentucky experienced consecutive years of decreasing highway fatalities. 
One in five highway fatalities occur in crashes that involve alcohol.  Advanced collaborative training in this area by prosecutors and crash reconstruction officers will help law enforcement efficiently determine if facts and circumstances exist to meet the elements of criminal activity in a vehicular fatality.  

The training 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. 

“The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is proud of its ongoing partnership with the Office of the Attorney General to provide funding in support of the Commonwealth’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor.  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,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, Governor Beshear’s designated highway safety representative.  “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.” 

The training is presented under the direction of the American Prosecutors Research Institute’s National Traffic Law Center.