TDCAF news
May-June 2009

Guarding Texas Roadways: 2010 DWI Summit

Rob Kepple

TDCAA Executive Director in Austin

Many of you attended the Guarding Texas Roadways: 2008 DWI Summit. This day-long program was one of the most wildly popular and valuable training events we have ever produced, and it was made possible by the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation. Working with a generous grant from the Anheuser-Busch Companies and the full support of the Budweiser Satellite Network (BSN) and their production crews, the foundation supported the production of a world-class training event: four hours of action-packed, high-quality, interactive training. It was broadcast live from the BSN studios in St. Louis to 36 Anheuser-Busch distributorships all around Texas. We originally planed for an audience of 700 but trained more than 1,400 prosecutors and police officers at great facilities, some of which were standing-room-only for the event.

The training has made a difference in our communities. The sessions on crash reconstruction, blood draws, SFSTs, and courtroom testimony not only delivered timely and relevant training, but they also connected prosecutors and law enforcement to new ideas and continued training opportunities through our DWI resource prosecutor, Clay Abbott, who is in high demand for his seminars these days.

And now this great news: The Anheuser Busch Companies are eager to build on the success of our first summit, and we have tentatively set the Guarding Texas Roadways: DWI Summit for November 2010. That is perfect timing as it comes just after our big Annual Criminal & Civil Law Update and right before the busy holiday season. I can tell you that the crew in St. Louis enjoyed producing the program and are anxious to keep this valuable training going.

I want to take this opportunity to thank some folks at AB Corporate Social Responsibility whose efforts to support this program we really appreciate: Carol Clark, Kim Stettes, Aurelio Rueles, Steve Mastorakos, Bill Conerly, and Mark Bordas. Thank you so much!

This is the kind of program that would be impossible to produce without the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation and the generous support of sponsors like the Anheuser-Busch Companies. Thanks for their support and your contributions too. It’s working for you and for a safer Texas! ✤