Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor's Manual


Sample Introductory Package


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American Prosecutors Research Institute
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703.549.4253 / 703.836.3195 FAX

May 4, 2006

Carol A Peters
NDAA/NAPC Program Manager
Lane County District Attorneys Office
125 East 8th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
(via e-mail)

RE: Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors


Dear Ms. Peters:

As you know, APRI’s National Traffic Law Center (NTLC) was created in 1992 in response to the United States Department of Transportation’s 1991 Traffic Safety Summit which recognized a national need for training and technical assistance for law enforcement, prosecutors and other allied professionals in order to improve the quality of justice in traffic safety adjudications.

NTLC is a national clearing house for the compilation and dissemination of legal and technical information. We regularly attend and participate in national and regional meetings to assist in policy development. Our strengths are also our shortcomings—it has been said that “all politics are local.” So, too, are traffic-related offenses.

As a national clearinghouse, it is beyond our ability to have intimate knowledge of each of the 50 States, in each of their respective numerous jurisdictions, on a day-to-day basis. In recognition of that fact, your organization, with support and assistance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), promulgates and promotes the development and expansion of a Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) in each State. To date, 28 States are on board and many more are looking to join the ranks in the very near future.

TSRPs fill a critical void as the in-State expert on traffic-related offenses, including impaired driving and vehicular homicides. TSRPs understand the nuances of their State statutes and caselaw, build relationships with each of their State prosecutor’s offices and forge solid interactions with State highway safety offices.

TSRPs provide State-specific training and technical assistance while being part of a national network of traffic experts to assist with new challenges as they arise.

In short, TSRPs are essential to effective traffic safety adjudications. We at NTLC consider them an integral part of our national service and support them wholeheartedly.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 703-519-1641.

Very truly yours,


Marcia J. Cunningham, Esq.
National Traffic Law Center

(Electronic Signature)