DWI Working Group


The Traffic Injury Research Foundation is pleased to release the proceedings from the 17th and 18th Annual Meetings of the DWI Working Group on System Improvements. The objective of these meetings was to explore the link between impaired driving and other high-risk driving behaviors and examine the potential implications that the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with continuing declines in traffic enforcement, may have on road safety. Key topics discussed during these meetings included perceived challenges related to:

  • the prevention of road fatalities and injuries;
  • the equitable enforcement of traffic laws; and,
  • justice system responses to those violations.

These proceedings, Impaired Driving & Road Safety Leadership, describe strategies to help refocus and reprioritize enforcement, prevention, and intervention initiatives with a particular emphasis on impaired driving and related risks. This report was created to inspire and renew political and agency leadership at all levels to address risky and impaired driving. More generally, this report also helps to support NHTSA’s National Roadway Safety Strategy to eliminate fatal and serious traffic injuries.

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 and translate legislation, policies, and programs into operational practices.

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