Courtney Popp, Traffic Resource Safety Prosecutor, spoke at the May 15, 2013 Wedgwood Community Council meeting.
The first speaker of the evening was Courtney Popp, a Traffic Resource Safety Prosecutor for the State of Washington.
In this role, Ms. Popp acts as a liaison between prosecutors, law enforcement, the judiciary, community groups, and other stakeholders in the fight against impaired driving.
prosecutors need the support of other agencies and the community to combat DUI.
One very effective community agency is the Mothers Against Drunk Driving
(MADD) which fights DUI.
Ms. Popp joined the MADD board of directors in 2011.
In this capacity she
legal knowledge with her
commitment to end impaired driving.
explained how DUI cases are the most scientifically complicated cases with elements of the law, impairment/addiction, family issues such as the need of counseling and societal norms including our "car culture" - people just drive and drive and don't want to give that up.
The question was asked as to pairing DUI with confiscation of the driver's car.
told how that had been tried, but the costs to the state were enormous.
recommended calling 911 and reporting the driver and license plate.
also recommended obtaining an ignition interlock for a vehicle, which family members can do so that an impaired person would not be able to drive.
In the case of the Schulte family on March 25, as pedestrians the Schultes were struck by a drunk driver who had been ordered to put an ignition lock on his
vehicle, but had not done so.
This question was addressed by members of the state legislature at the May 15 Wedgwood meeting.
Courtney Popp, Statewide Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor with the State Patrol; and