DWI Working Group


The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is pleased to announce the release of three new reports from the 2017 DWI Working Group meeting made possible with support from Anheuser-Busch. Now available for download below are: The Persistent DWI Offender Policy & Practice Considerations, Navigating the DWI System: Perspectives of Public Defenders, and, Key Questions for Probation Officers that Help Motivate DWI Probationers. The Working Group on DWI System Improvements held its 14th Annual Meeting, September 25-27th, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia hosted by TIRF. Meeting objectives included discussing the similarities and differences between first and persistent DWI offenders, their experiences in the justice system and ways to increase the effectiveness of justice system responses and also explored the challenges facing public defenders of DWI defendants pre- and post-adjudication. In addition, discussion focused on strategies for probation professionals to effectively motivate DWI probationers to encourage the acceptance and development of pro-social attitudes and behaviors. 2018 resources will be available soon.

From 2000-2003, TIRF conducted a study involving literature reviews, focus groups and national surveys of more than 5,000 front line criminal justice practitioners representing police prosecutors, judges, and probation officers. The results of this study formed the basis for and a series of reports on DWI System Improvements for Dealing with Hard Core Drunk Drivers.

In 2004, TIRF formed a Working Group on DWI System Improvements, a prestigious coalition of senior leaders of organizations representing frontline professionals in all segments of the criminal DWI system (law enforcement, prosecution, judiciary, supervision, and treatment). The goal of this initiative is to reduce drunk driving by engaging practitioners and focusing attention on the benefits of education, cross-professional communication and coordination, and the development of operational practices to support the strategic implementation of effective programs and policies within the DWI system.

Proceedings from the working group transfer knowledge translate legislation, policies, and programs into operational practices.

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