Program Type: Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
Program Location: Massachusetts
Lead Agency: Massachusetts District Attorneys Association (MDAA) Vehicular Crimes Program
Partners: Mothers Against Drunk Driving
State and local law enforcement
Registry of Motor Vehicles
The Issue: Prevention
Program Target Population: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Program Description:

The Massachusetts District Attorneys Association (MDAA) promotes public safety, the fair and effective administration of justice, the education of prosecutors and the safeguarding of victims’ rights. In order to reduce fatalities, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes throughout the state, the MDAA received a grant from the state in 2002 to provide prosecutors with training and resources in the area of vehicular crimes, particularly operating under the influence (OUI) offenses. Due to the initial success of the Vehicular Crimes Program, further grant funding allowed for a full-time staff attorney position - the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP).

The TSRP is a dedicated vehicular crimes staff attorney whose purpose is to improve the coordination of the prosecution of traffic safety cases, especially OUI cases, between law enforcement officers, prosecutors, the judiciary and other related agencies. These efforts have resulted in the publication of the Massachusetts Prosecutor’s OUI Manual, OUI trial advocacy training for new prosecutors and a crash reconstruction seminar to educate prosecutors.

Program Effectiveness:

Through the TSRP, prosecutors in the state of Massachusetts are provided continuous and progressive training on how to effectively prosecute vehicular crimes cases, especially OUI cases.  This allows for attorneys to have specialized training they can use when for prosecuting more serious cases. The law enforcement community is also trained regularly on courtroom testimony and kept more up to date with current reference materials in order to more effectively adjudicate these offenses.

Program Cost Effectiveness:

The TSRP began offering webinars for prosecutors and law enforcement officers in 2012. These trainings cut down costs of travel time and reach larger audiences. Approximately 30 webinars are planned for 2012.

Source of Funding:

  • Massachusetts Highway Safety Division grant for the MDAA Vehicular Crimes Division

For more information on this program, please contact:
Andrea Nardone