FIRST TRAFFIC SAFETY RESOURCE
August 13, 2008
Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg appointed Assistant District
Attorney David Brower to be Alaska's first Traffic Safety Resource
Prosecutor (TSRP). Nationally, traffic crashes of all kinds
claim nearly 43,000 lives a year. In Alaska in 2006, traffic
crashes took the lives of 46 people and injured many 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" said Deputy Attorney General Rick
Svobodny "Dave Brower is the person with the expertise
to do that job."
Twenty-eight states have Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors
and Alaska is the latest state to create this resource for state
and municipal prosecutors. The TSRP position provides for education,
training, and technical assistance to prosecutors and law enforcement
throughout the State in prosecuting DUIs, DUI-fatalities, and
other traffic related issues and prosecutions.
Brower has worked for the department since 1991. He has been
an assistant district attorney in Nome and Juneau and was an
assistant attorney general in the civil division for over four
years. Before working for the department of law, Brower was
a corrections officer in Nome from 1979 to 1988 when he went
to law school.
Brower has been a dedicated public servant in Alaska for 25 years
in the criminal justice system. He brings experience and enthusiasm
to his new position and will provide the state with an additional
resource to help reduce the incidence of driving related crimes.
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