The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year approximately 1.24 million people die because of road crashes and 20-50 million are injured. Road crashes impact everyone — young or old, male or female, rich or poor — and can impact us directly as a victim or through a family member involved in a crash, or indirectly from the economic costs associated with future medical care, loss of productivity and property damage. Most crashes occur due to human error; thus, it is vital we change human behavior.
One of the key risk factors in crashes is drinking and driving. In all road fatalities, 30-40 percent involve someone who was drinking alcohol. Called by different names: Drunk Driving, Impaired Driving, Drink Driving, but the idea is the same — a person who drinks too much alcohol and then drives. It is time for change; it is time to save lives.
Changing societal behavior in the short term takes strong laws, effective enforcement and public awareness campaigns to encourage and enforce societal change.
This webinar will discuss what laws are needed and the necessary steps required. It includes: (1) every country passing a law that requires anyone with a BAC of .05 or higher be considered driving illegally and be prosecuted for drunk driving and (2) a lower BAC limit be implemented for inexperienced or commercial motor vehicle drivers. Any long-term behavioral change also requires these laws be supported with strong enforcement and a broad public campaign on the need for a .05 BAC.
Tune in and learn how to save lives.
Traffic Safety Consultant
As the first director of the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC), David Wallace raised awareness on the success of DWI Courts; provided training, technical assistance, and research to DWI Courts; and established new DWI Courts nationwide. Mr. Wallace appeared in numerous broadcast, print and online publications and he is one of the nation’s preeminent experts on DWI Courts and sentencing alternatives for DWI offenders.
Mr. Wallace has spoken nationally and internationally on impaired driving and DWI Courts. On a regular basis he presents at state Drug Court, prosecuting attorney, and other criminal justice association conferences, including the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), and the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA). In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2014 he traveled to Barbados and worked with officials on developing breath testing requirements for impaired drivers as well as establishing DWI Courts. In August 2008, he spoke at the International Interlock Symposium in Sweden and again in October 2009, when the Symposium met in Australia addressing public policy issues dealing with ignition interlock devices and the criminal court system. In March 2012, Mr. Wallace addressed dignitaries in New Zealand on why DWI Courts are an important component in any fight against impaired driving.
Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
From 2000 to 2008, he was the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM). As one of the first TSRPs in the country, he developed a program that became a role model for TSRPs nationwide. I was instrumental in helping the number of states with a TSRP grow from 4 to 39 in eight years. As a TSRP, I instructed prosecutors and law enforcement officers in Michigan, and across the country, on prosecuting impaired driving cases and vehicular homicides.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
A former Calhoun County Assistant Prosecutor with more than 15 years of active trial experience, I successfully prosecuted individuals charged with impaired driving and vehicular homicide. I started out as an assistant prosecutor in Eaton County in 1985. After five years, I moved to the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office where I stayed until October 2000, when I took on the challenge of the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program at PAAM. I became the NCDC Director in February of 2008 and an independent consultant in April 2013.