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Nationally, traffic crashes of all kinds claim nearly 43,000 lives a year. Traffic fatalities are the number one cause of death for children from the age of 4 up through young adults 34 years of age. In Kentucky in 2007, traffic crashes took the lives of 802 people and injured scores more. Additionally, traffic related prosecutions, particularly DUIs and DUI-fatalities, are among the most complicated cases to handle. Line prosecutors with substantial caseloads need a specialized prosecutor they can turn to for help, a person who focuses solely on traffic issues and prosecutions.

My name is Bob Stokes and through the Office of the Attorney General I have been appointed the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. My role as a specialized prosecutor is to provide education, training, and technical assistance to prosecutors and law enforcement throughout the State. I assist prosecutors and law enforcement in a number of ways: coordinate regional trainings, give individual technical assistance where needed, conduct legal research, and represent enforcement interests at State and regional traffic safety meetings. Whether the topic is DUI, suspended or revoked drivers, aggressive drivers, traffic stops, or any other traffic related subject, I am here to support both prosecutors and law enforcement.

While some States have had specialized prosecutors for many years, the resource program took a great leap forward just a few years ago, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made the landmark decision to prioritize prosecutors.

I am here to address the needs of the Commonwealth prosecutors and law enforcement officers in the traffic safety arena. We all have a common goal: to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on our state’s roads. By working as a team, we can make great strides toward this goal.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions and concerns. I look forward to working with you.