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Traffic Safety Initiative

Working to Reduce Traffic Fatalties & Accidents

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TJCTC is proud to provide education to justice courts concerning traffic safety through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. Our goal is to encourage justice courts to implement policies that will reduce transportation fatalities and accidents throughout Texas. We offer training related to DWI offenses via webinars and also specific traffic related courses at both our JP 20-Hour Seminars & Court Personnel 16-Hour seminars. Read below for more details.

For in-depth information on traffic safety, click the corresponding link below.


Bond Schematic Program

The Bond Schematic Program is an component of our work is to assist Texas counties in adopting a comprehensive plan for setting DWI Bond Conditions.

Benefits to Joining the Bond Schematic Program

  • We will work with all criminal magistrates, local prosecutors, and monitoring agencies in each county that elects to participate.
  • We will offer assistance in creating forms specific to your county.
  • Forms can be either based on TJCTC's Universal DWI Bond Schematic or based on updated forms that you currently use as a part of the magistration process.
  • Each county will submit a brief update once a year to let us know about the success of your program.

Importance of the Bond Schematic Program

We feel this program is important because bond conditions are the only restrictions—other than potential administrative driver’s license suspension—imposed on the defendant prior to trial. The pre-trial time period can be lengthy. Scientific studies have shown that restrictions imposed on DWI defendants, particularly ignition interlock requirements, have a substantial positive effect on reducing DWI recidivism and promoting community safety.

How to Participate

If your county is interested in participating in the DWI Bond Schematic Program, please fill out the Program Enrollment Form. You may contact our General Counsel, Randy Sarosdy for more information.


Impaired Driver Symposium

The Impaired Driver Symposium is an event for Judges that focuses on an Impaired Driving case from arrest to disposition. The symposium is a joint program bringing in judges from all levels to discuss driving issues.

Next year's symposium: July 24 - 25, 2017 in Austin, TX

The program counts for your required judicial education hours. The symposium is sponsored by the Court of Criminal Appeals and TxDOT through a partnership with TJCTC, Texas Association of Counties, Texas Municipal Courts Education Center,  and Texas Center for the Judiciary.

Topics Include:

  • Blood Search Warrants
  • Electronic Search Warrants
  • Probable Cause
  • Bond Conditions
  • Drugged Driving
  • Compliance Issues
  • Case Studies
  • Driving Under the Influence

Click here to download our brochure!


Traffic Safety Resources

Further Reading

Blood Alcohol Concentration in Texas: Improving Medical Examiner and County Performance- A detailed study from the Center for Alcohol and Drug Education Studies with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute released in September 2016.

Solutions for Saving Lives on Texas Roads- The Texas Traffic Safety Task Force Report.

 

Training Videos

From One Second To The Next- A film about texting and driving from Werner Herzog. This video is used in Teenage Driving Issues course for Court Personnel and the Traffic, Trucks, and Texting course for Justices of the Peace.

Roadside Drug Testing Kit Demonstration- A video about police roadside drug test.

Road to Zero Symposium- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a new initiative called Road to Zero. At the link, you will find videos from the symposium.

 

Useful Websites

Dyingtodrink.org- A website that offers resources and countermeasures against impaired driving.

 

Flow Charts and Forms

Blood Search Flowchart

Toxicology Reporting Form

 

Newsletters

2016 Traffic Safety Newsletter
Featured Articles:

  • Courts to Law Enforcement: Get a Blood Search Warrant Before Drawing Blood
  • Occupational Licenses and Ignition Interlock Devices
  • Uber Claims Credit for Drop in Drunk Driving Accidents. But Where's the Evidence?

 

2015 Traffic Safety Newsletter
Featured Articles:

  • "Internet Sensation" Raises Curious Questions About DWI Offenses
  • The Movement to Eliminate Traffic Deaths Gains Strength in Texas Cities
  • Uber Actually Reduces Drunk-Driving Deaths

 

2014 Traffic Safety Newsletter
Featured Articles:

  • DWI Fatalities Involving Vulnerable Road Users
  • Per Se Drug Intoxication Laws
  • New Ignition Interlock Legislation

 

2013 Traffic Safety Newsletter
Featured Articles:

  • 2013 Legislative Recap: Significant Changes to the Texas Transportation Code
  • Traffic Safety Websites
  • Views on "Hard License Revocation" for DWI  Defendants are Changing
  • Alcohol Detecting Technology

Have questions? Contact us!

Do you have a question about registering for a traffic safety course? Contact Laura at lv13@txstate.edu or call 512.347.9927.

Do you have a question about the Bond Schematic program? Contact Randy at rs52@txstate.edu or call 512.347.9927.

Do you have a legal question about traffic safety? Post it on our legal question board!