Florida’s Department of Transportation has developed strategic plans to address impaired driving and motorcycle safety, which require more involvement from Florida’s judges. To date, law enforcement personnel and prosecutors have collaborated with the Florida Department of Transportation and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to implement the strategic plan, yet Florida’s judges have not yet actively engaged in this process.

To address this, the Florida Judicial Outreach Liaison program was created to foster collaboration and communication with criminal justice stakeholders regarding traffic safety matters. The program is modeled after a similar program in Texas. It was created in the beginning of 2012 with the following goals in mind:

  • Improve the knowledge and skills needed for handling DUI cases
  • Educate the judiciary on The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Florida-specific traffic safety programs and their significance to Florida’s judiciary
  • Create and maintain a contact network among judiciary and traffic safety officials
  • Collaborate with The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s judicial fellows, regional judicial outreach liaisons, traffic safety resource prosecutors, law enforcement liaisons and Florida Department of Transportation contacts
  • Produce monthly and quarterly activity reports

For more details on this program, please visit our Promising Programs initiative.

With our Judicial Education Advisory Committee, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has developed a compilation of promising programs across the nation for dealing with DWI offenders in the criminal justice community. It is our hope that by sharing these programs with stakeholders in the criminal justice field that new, innovative programs can be developed in every state to deal more comprehensively with DWI offenders.

Please contact Jaime Lotter, Director of Government Relations & Traffic Safety at The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, if you know of any other promising programs that should be included in this compilation.