Since 2004, the Working Group has shaped the focus on and development of drunk driving initiatives with its unique perspective on the translation of knowledge, legislation, policies and programs into operational practices. It has primarily focused on advancing the research recommendations in meaningful ways to raise their visibility and provide practical tools and materials that practitioners can rely upon to improve operations. A secondary emphasis has also been placed on articulating some of the constraints and challenges that practitioners encounter as a function of the system in which they work and existing barriers to implementation that exist. Examples of this work include:
2004 produced a complete inventory of current activities and available resources in priority areas, and proposed needed enhancements in conjunction with principles to guide future initiatives;
2005 showcased model programs and explored opportunities to expand such programs in both urban and rural jurisdictions;
2006 produced two influential reports highlighting practitioners’ experiences with interlock programs and the challenges they face as well as a guidebook for policymakers to assist them with leading a review of the DWI system.
2007 resulted in the development of a comprehensive and much needed resource for practitioners on screening, assessment and treatment. In addition, this report outlined some of the challenges that practitioners encounter in applying such interventions in the justice system and ways this can be addressed. A second tool stemming from the Working Group enabled agencies to gauge the ability of their agency to communicate and coordinate activities with others and promoted opportunities for improvements.
2008 delivered an agenda of impaired driving priorities based on a practitioner perspective to inform discussion regarding the re-authorization of the Federal Highway Bill.
2009 produced a series of reports emphasizing the importance of good data to inform decision-making, funding for impaired driving initiatives and understanding the drunk driving problem.