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Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor

Federally funded, the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) oversees the prosecution of all alcohol-related driving accidents, law enforcement training and community outreach for motor vehicle safety issues, including underage drinking and texting while driving. The TSRP also assists the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) with highway safety public policy and education initiatives.

The TSRP is involved in all stages of the prosecution of motor vehicle crash cases, with the goal of the program to have early involvement and provide assistance to law enforcement at the time of the crash. In this capacity, the Office of the Attorney General provides a great resource for police departments in their initial decision-making process and in obtaining warrants for evidence in criminal cases. If the offense rises to the level of criminal negligence, the TSRP prosecutes the cases for the Office of Attorney General. Last year, the TSRP charged approximately 100 cases involving motor vehicle accidents and fatalities.

In addition, the TRSP will review any fatal crash at the request of law enforcement to determine whether the conduct if an operator rose to the level of criminal recklessness.

Last year, the TRSP presented 15 separate law enforcement trainings in which approximately 560 officers attended. These trainings focused on impaired driving, search and seizure, and testifying in motor vehicle cases. With the decriminalization of marijuana going into effect on April 1, 2013, the TRSP led six trainings in which more than 200 officers from 20 departments attended.

The TRSP partners with numerous agencies and commissions across the state with the goal of reducing fatalities on our roadways. This year, the TSRP hosted 12 Zero Fatality Programs (ZFP) with partners Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Rhode Island Family Court. The ZFP is an impaired driving and underage drinking program held prior to prom and graduation season, where high school juniors and seniors are brought to the prison to see firsthand the dangers of reckless conduct and drinking and driving. Students hear from young inmates serving long jail sentences for DWI death resulting cases and hear from the parents of young victims killed in DWI crashes. In 2013, more than 800 students and faculty attended the program.

The TRSP also actively participated in the Attorney General’s “It Can Wait,” anti-texting while driving campaign.