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Past Meetings of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements

Inaugural Meeting


The Traffic Injury Research Foundation hosted the inaugural meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements on March 1-2, 2004 in Orlando, Florida. The primary goal of the meeting was to identify shared concerns and priorities for action to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the DWI system and advance the findings from the foundational research on DWI System Improvements. During the meeting members exchanged information and learned about new and ongoing initiatives to improve the DWI system and identified activities that were needed to enhance the system. The meeting enabled the members to network with other professionals working in the DWI system, to improve communication and cooperation across agencies, and to identify opportunities for collaboration.

Click here for the proceedings of the inaugural meeting.

2nd Annual Meeting


The Traffic Injury Research Foundation hosted the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements in Orlando, Florida on April 10-12, 2005. The main focus of this meeting was to review interesting and innovative programs and practices that are reflective of the priority recommendations made by the Working Group. These priority areas include: technology, records and information systems, training and education, communication and cooperation, legislation and resources. Members and other attendees were encouraged to explore the strengths and limitations of innovative programs and policies, as well as to explore their overall potential for broader application in other jurisdictions.

Click here for a summary of the 2nd annual meeting.

3rd Annual Meeting


The Traffic Injury Research Foundation hosted the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements in Orlando, FL on April 19-21, 2006. This meeting of the Working Group members was a departure from previous meetings. It focused on two key priority recommendations - technology and legislation - and the application of each of these recommendations to a specific problem area previously identified in the research.
Members were engaged in developing a systems approach to improve the use of alcohol ignition interlocks and a DWI task force -- two timely examples of problems within the criminal impaired driving system. After being provided with information that examined the process of how other jurisdictions had previously attempted to address these problems, the obstacles that had been encountered, and the current loopholes that still existed, members were then engaged in identifying ways to improve the use of these two different strategies by streamlining and simplifying operations, closing loopholes, and establishing the necessary exchange of information and channels of communication among partners.

Click here for the proceedings of the 3rd annual meeting.

4th Annual Meeting

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation hosted the 4th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements in Williamsburg, VA on March 4-6, 2007. This meeting focused on two key priority recommendations – training and education as well as communication and cooperation – and strategies to strengthen these processes.

During this meeting, members explored the need for cross-professional education and training for all practitioners about the role of screening, assessment and treatment of offenders in the justice system, many of whom are diagnosed with substance abuse problems and related issues. It was recognized that many practitioners are largely unfamiliar with the research in this area, and lack knowledge of what tools are available or how they can best be applied to whom. Following an overview of research presented by recognized experts in the field, members discussed ways to enhance knowledge among relevant professionals to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of dealing with repeat drunk drivers.

As a second priority, members focused on identifying practical ways to measure and to improve communication and cooperation among and between the relevant professionals groups, and tools that can assist jurisdictions in addressing this issue.


Click here for the proceedings of the 4th annual meeting.

5th Annual Meeting

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation hosted the 5th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements in Williamsburg, VA on June 15-17, 2008.


In an attempt to provide some consistency and focus in this area, the Working Group turned their attention to identifying priority offender initiatives that are considered by a diverse body of seasoned criminal justice professionals as most needed to reduce impaired driving. The meeting focused on needed initiatives in three priority areas:

  1. research that is still needed to guide decision-making;
  2. programs that require improvement, expansion or development; and,
  3. system-wide initiatives that require attention.

In essence, the goal of the meeting was to engage practitioners in the development of a “Drunk Driving Agenda” -- priorities that can inform agencies and guide drunk driving offender-based initiatives and activities for the next 3-5 years.

Click here for the proceedings of the 5th annual meeting.

6th Annual Meeting


The 6th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements was hosted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation in Ottawa, ON from May 17-19, 2009.

The purpose of the meeting was to identify and develop meaningful information and education about impaired driving to inform decision-making, and to promote the importance of a comprehensive approach to addressing the problem. Members turned their attention to articulating the importance of high quality data to guide impaired driving initiatives, as well as the importance of good legislation and adequate funding to support the effective delivery of initiatives at an operational level. In addition, members focused on providing a more complete understanding of the drunk driving problem to illustrate the need for a comprehensive approach and package of initiatives as opposed to a “one-size-fits-all” strategy to guide activities.

Proceedings of the 6th annual meeting:

Funding Impaired Driving Initiatives

Impaired Driving Data: A Key to Solving the Problem

Understanding Drunk Driving

7th Annual Meeting


The 7th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements was hosted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation in Ottawa, ON from May 16-18, 2010.

The purpose of the meeting was to develop a complete and balanced understanding about available strategies, programs, and interventions for drunk drivers and the system in which they are delivered. The objective of the meeting was to gather the most relevant, instructive, compelling information about proven strategies, programs, and interventions that includes findings from the research, implementation strategies and operational practices, needed resources and barriers to use.

The proceedings from the meeting are expected to be released in 2011.

 


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