Date: April 9, 2020 1:00 PM CST
James W. Carroll, Director of National Drug Control Policy,
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Representatives, and
Prominent Health and Safety Leaders
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), with assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has organized this webinar. The ONDCP Public Health, Education and Treatment Task Force designed the webinar to showcase a new tool to help state, local, territorial, and tribal governments systematically self-assess their drug-impaired driving programs.
Driving while impaired by any substance is against the law nationwide, but evidence suggests the prevalence of drug use by drivers is increasing. NHTSA’s most recent National Roadside Survey indicated that in 2014, 20% of weekend nighttime drivers tested positive for drugs. Addressing this public health and safety issue requires collaboration among first responders, toxicologists, prosecutors, judges, community supervision and parole officers, and treatment professionals.
In 2018, ONDCP helped NHTSA launch its Drug-Impaired Driving Initiative which has generated national media campaigns, events across the country, and an expert working group that has informed a Drug-Impaired Driving Criminal Justice Evaluation Tool to help jurisdictions identify gaps, strengthen programs, and track progress. ONDCP’s Public Health, Education and Treatment team welcomes this opportunity to communicate the Administration’s support for drug-impaired driving prevention and enforcement, and the interdisciplinary approach needed to keep America’s roadways safe.
To explore the tool prior to this webinar, please visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/drug-impaired-driving/criminal-justice-evaluation-tool
- James W. Carroll, JD, Director of National Drug Control Policy
- Kathleen Ballard, Senior Advisor, ONDCP Public Health, Education and Treatment Task Force
- Jennifer Davidson, Highway Safety Specialist, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Timothy Kerns, MD, Director, Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office
- Carlos Quezada-Gomez, PsyD, Mental Health Director, Cook County Health and Hospitals System
Participants will receive instructions on accessing the event after RSVP’ing to the following link: https://ems9.intellor.com/?do=register&t=1&p=901390
You may share this invitation with colleagues. Space is limited, so please register early.
- Understand the federal approach to the National Drug Control Strategy in supporting drug-impaired driving prevention and treatment for people with substance use disorders.
- Review the Drug-Impaired Driving Criminal Justice Evaluation Tool.
- Hear lessons learned by one state that pilot tested the tool.
- Understand the role of treatment professionals in identifying and addressing the needs of high-risk drivers to prevent recidivism.
- Be inspired to implement the tool in your community to improve collaboration among stakeholders and prevent crash-related injuries and fatalities.