Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Office’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor to Train Police and Other Prosecutors on Team Approach Towards Impaired Drivers

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 08, 2007  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that Robert Stokes, the Commonwealth’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, will present training to police officers and other prosecutors across the state on creating a team building approach in the detection, apprehension and prosecution of impaired drivers.

The training is funded through the Kentucky Department of Transportation Safety using National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funding and takes place June 11-13th at the Holiday Inn, University Plaza Convention Center, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It is entitled “Protecting Lives, Saving Futures.”

“This important training involves not only our Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor but also representatives from MADD and Kentucky State Police, among others,” said Attorney General Stumbo. “It’s imperative that prosecutors and police officers work together in cases involving drunk or drugged driving. Learning what each other’s duties entail when dealing with DUI cases will allow for a conjoined effort in seeing that justice is served.”

“We are pleased to provide funding to establish a traffic safety resource coordinator and make training opportunities like this one possible,” said Commissioner Tim Hazlette, Department of Transportation Safety. “This training is an important team-building approach for prosecutors and law enforcement in the effort to reduce injuries and fatalities on Kentucky’s roadways. It will go a long way to aid in the detection, apprehension and prosecution of impaired drivers,” said Commissioner Hazlette.

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.