The Member Spotlight highlights organizations that are part of the Texas Impaired Driving Task Force.
DWI Bond Condition Program
The DWI Bond Condition Program is part of a statewide effort to reduce the incidence of DWI offenses in Texas by assisting Texas counties in adopting a comprehensive plan for setting, monitoring and enforcing bond conditions in DWI cases. The program promotes the use of bond conditions (such as ignition interlock devices) that reduce the incidence of DWI recidivism, increases consistency in setting bond conditions by a magistrate and a trial court, and ensures that bond conditions required by law are properly set, monitored and enforced. The Texas Justice Court Training Center (TJCTC) administers the program through its Traffic Safety Initiative, which is funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. TJCTC believes this program is an important means of reducing the number of DWI drivers on Texas roads and highways, thereby improving public safety throughout the state. For further information, please contact Randall Sarosdy at 512-347-9927, ext. 201, or [email protected].
FRIDAY and ADAPT Programs
The purpose of the FRIDAY (Focus on Reducing Impaired Driving Among Youth) program is to provide civilians and law enforcement officers with all of the tools necessary to reduce underage drinking in Texas. The FRIDAY program has been developed under the guidance of law enforcement officers, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, school district officers, the Texas Department of Transportation and staff from the Texas Municipal Police Association. Find out more at http://www.texasfriday.org.
Our Driving Concern
Our Driving Concern works with Texas employers to promote safe driving practices among their employees, both on and off the job, and proactively combat the costly toll of crashes by helping them understand risky driving behaviors and liability exposure. Our Driving Concern provides resources on distracted driving, aggressive driving, passenger restraint, impaired driving and other traffic safety topics. Our Driving Concern offers FREE tools and resources to managers, HR professionals and safety instructors to help you build a company-wide traffic safety program. Find out more at http://txdrivingconcern.org.
Law Enforcement Mobile Video Institute
LEMVI provides courses for in-car and body worn video training and field sobriety tests. Many of the schools are grant funded. Learn more about courses offered, available grants or register for events in your area.
The mission of the Law Enforcement Mobile Video Institute, LEMVI, is to provide a quality procedural and legal based in-car mobile and officer body worn video curriculum and training courses for law enforcement personnel. This unique blend of policy, procedures, and legal principles will enhance the public trust of the police both in and out of the courtroom and will serve to reduce the challenges made by the public with regard to police integrity. Find out more at http://lemvi.com.
Texas Municipal Courts Education Center
The Texas Municipal Courts Education Center’s Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives (MTSI) grant focuses on giving municipal courts in Texas the means to prevent impaired driving. This is achieved through offering impaired driving courses at judicial education seminars and through webinars, distributing free anti-DUI and DWI books and materials, and recognizing as models outstanding municipal courts in the area of impaired driving prevention. Reaching thousands of municipal judges and court staff persons every year, MTSI plays an integral role in preventing impaired driving and making Texas roads safer.
U in the Driver Seat
U in the Driver Seat (UDS) was created by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) in an effort reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and deaths of college aged students.
The peer-to-peer initiative seeks to give college students the tools and information in order to promote peer-to-peer education regarding the dangers of driving which often including driving under the influence. Each program is different as each campus is unique regarding students, cultures, environments, etc. Learn more at u-driver.com.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a campaign, Watch UR BAC, to teach Texans about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs misuse —including binge drinking, the understanding of alcohol poisoning as well as the dangers of impaired driving. The Watch UR BAC program is a free resource to Texas community groups, faith-based organizations, schools, and businesses.
Watch UR BAC is an awareness campaign that refers to blood alcohol concentration (BAC) which is used as a measure of the degree of intoxication of an individual. Binge drinking is a continuing problem in Texas, and most who binge drink do not know the amount and effects of the alcohol they are consuming.
Watch UR BAC provides educational programs and resources to the public about the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving. For more information visit Watch UR BAC’s website.