Today, The Century Council met with United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to discuss the Council's efforts to increase funding for DWI courts and trainings for judges, prosecutors, probation and parole officials. This is especially important in dealing with repeat DWI offenders and drivers at high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels of .15% and above. These hardcore drunk drivers are highly resistant to changing their behavior and countermeasures such as DWI courts and criminal justice trainings can reduce drunk driving, especially hardcore drunk driving which accounts for the majority of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities each year.
The Honorable Susan Molinari, Chairman of The Century Council, and Brandy Nannini, Vice President of Government Relations told Secretary LaHood about the Council's work in more than 30 states to train more than 4,000 judges on how to effectively sentence hardcore drunk drivers. For more information on this award-winning program click here.
The Council has teamed up with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the National Judicial College, the National District Attorneys Association, the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators, the American Probation and Parole Association, and the National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime to urge an increased focus on and funding for DWI courts and trainings in the reauthorization of the nation's highway bill. The House of Representatives is expected to begin debate on the highway bill later this month.