Program Type: Judicial Education
Program  Location: Florida
Lead Agency: Tallahassee Community College and the Florida Public Safety Institute
Partners: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
The Issue Sanctions
Program Target Population: Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement

Program Description:

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

Source of Funding:

  • Florida Department of Transportation

Factors to Consider When Replicating the Program:

  • Request implementation of a state judiciary outreach liaison program in your state (approach the appropriate branch of state government)
  • Obtain grant funding
  • Build a judiciary outreach liaison contract that meets the rules and ethics of judicial conduct
  • Establish a selection process for judicial outreach liaisons

For more information on this program, please contact:

Kenneth Ellis
Highway Safety Administrator
Safety Office, Traffic Safety Section