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 Department of Transportation (RIDOT) with highway safety public policy and education initiatives.
In 2012, the TSRP developed and presented a motor-vehicle related training programs for law enforcement officers and city town solicitors.
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 2012, the TRSP d eveloped and presented nine motor vehicle-related training programs for law enforcement officers and city and town solicitors. Topics of the presentations included racial profiling and the motor vehicle stop, courtroom preparation, DWI and search and seizure, medical records in the prosecution of DWI cases, prosecution of the observation case and how to obtain a warrant in a DWI death resulting cases, among others. This past year, the TRSP helped establish the RI Crash Investigators Association, which meets regularly to discuss the legal issues in crash reconstruction cases.
The Zero Fatalities Program is an underage drinking program held prior to prom and graduation season. High school juniors and seniors are brought to the prison to see firsthand the dangers of reckless conduct and drinking and driving. In 2012, more than 1,000 students participated in the program.
The TRSP also supported the Zero Fatalities Program (ZFP) with the RIDOT, Department of Corrections, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Rhode Island Family Court. The ZFP is an 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 2012, more than 1,000 students and faculty attended the program.
In addition, the Attorney General partnered with RIDOT and local police departments to sponsor a seat belt awareness program across the state. Variable message signs were placed at more than 20 high school football games and many schools held school-wide assemblies to discuss the important life-saving role of seat belt use. In addition, the Rhode Island State Police rollover simulator was used at several events at area high schools to drive home the point that seat belts saves lives. The TRSP also actively participated in the Attorney General “It Can Wait,” anti-texting while driving campaign.