The National Sheriffs’ Association, with funding support from the Office for Victims of Crime, is hosting a free webinar: “Treating Victims of DUI/Impaired Driving Crashes as Crime Victims.” Thursday, July 13, 2017; 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern. Register today!
Alcohol-impaired driving crashes took the lives of 9,967 persons in 2014, accounting for 31 percent of the total vehicular crashes in the United States. And the number of persons injured is even higher. Yet too often prosecutors, victim advocates, and law enforcement continue to differentiate between vehicular crimes and other types of crime.
This webinar, sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime, aims to change any existing mindsets that DUI crashes are “accidents” rather than “criminal acts.” The webinar will include the showing of NSA’s roll call video, DUI Crashes: Real Crimes, Real Victims.
Finally, Sheriff (ret.) John Whetsel, in presenting this webinar, wants to ensure that victims of these crashes are responded to by law enforcement in a crime victim-centered way, with all the referrals, support, and resources due victims of a violent crime.