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Strategies to Reduce Impaired Driving: A Multi-Year Project with NHTSA

Since October 2012, CADCA has been collaborating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on a project to identify and disseminate evidence about community-based initiatives to reduce impaired driving at a local level. A large component of this project includes facilitating a Community of Practice (CoP) which is a partnership between community researchers and local coalitions to better understand, adopt and evaluate select community-based initiatives to reduce impaired driving.

The five webinars listed below were delivered between September 2013 and March 2014 to the cohort of coalitions invited to participate in the Impaired Driving Community of Practice. The webinar content addresses four evidence-based initiatives to reduce impaired driving. Though originally hosted for a specific group of coalitions, much of the content, particularly that information pertaining to the evidence-based strategy implementation, is relevant to all coalitions.

Keeping it Simple: High Visibility for Maximum Impact of Impaired Driving Interventions

Date: September 25, 2013

Presenter: Bob Saltz, PhD, Prevention Research Center

High visibility of impaired driving enforcement strategies is a necessary component of any comprehensive prevention plan and is important in generating deterrence around youth drinking, as well as the sales and provisions of alcohol to young people. When adolescents perceive high rates of alcohol policy enforcement and compliance in their communities they are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. This webinar will offer specific actions to increase the visibility of enforcement strategies.

Partnering with the Criminal Justice System to Reduce Impaired Driving

Date: October 24, 2013

Presenters: Probation Officer Paul Hofman, Prosecutor Erin O’Mara and Judge Earl G. Penrod – Gibson Superior Court (Indiana)

This webinar will feature representatives from the criminal justice system who will talk about their roles in community efforts to reduce impaired driving. Each of the three speakers has been selected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as a NHTSA Fellow to advise the agency and provide training nationwide to others working to reduce impaired driving and other traffic-related issues. Please join us to hear the perspectives of those involved in the process of prosecution, sentencing and probation for offenders, and learn how coalitions can best work with these important partners.

The Promise of DWI/DUI Courts

Date: November 14, 2013

Presenters: Judge J. Michael Kananaugh (Ret.), Senior Director, National Center for DWI Courts and Judge Kent Lawrence (Ret.)

This webinar explores the idea of DWI/DUI courts as one part of the solution to respond to public health issues such as drug abuse. DWI/DUI course provide comprehensive and effective control of drug-using offenders’ criminality and drug usage while under the court’s supervision. The webinar further addresses what ingredients that can be added to convince DWI offenders to participate in long-term treatment.

Ignition Interlocks – Research and Practice

Date: December 19, 2013

Presenter: Paul Marques, PhD, Senior Research Specialist, PIRE

According to the National Council of State Legislatures, all fifty states have some sort of law allowing judges to order the use of ignition interlock devices (IID) after a DUI/DWI conviction. Some states have mandatory ignition interlock provisions for all offenses, while others may have built in strong incentives to install an IID on the first conviction, even when it is not mandatory. In this webinar, we will hear from one of key researchers on the effectiveness of IIDs and the implications for using this tool to help reduce impaired driving in communities. As always, we will discuss the role that coalitions play in supporting the implementation of best practices related to this intervention.

Introduction to Impaired Driving Funding Resources

Date: March 13, 2014

Presenter: Stephanie Hancock, NHTSA, US DOT

This webinar provides an introduction to the federal infrastructure for highway safety, managed and funded through NHTSA. By better understanding the federal infrastructure, the presenter provided information for local coalitions to engage in local and state-level highway safety planning, and even obtain funding for these efforts.