Fall 2022

Announcing: Noontime Knowledge!
We may be getting back to in-person events, but that doesn't mean we have to completely abandon the virtual world! In November the Texas Traffic Safety Grant will begin hosting "Noontime Knowledge" with the goal to discuss hot topics, or sticky issues, in impaired driving. We promise to keep it small (12-15 judges), quick (30-45 minutes) and relevant (did you see that recent case?). Be on the lookout for an invitation to join. If you have an issue that you would like to see discussed, please email: hollyd@yourhonor.com.


DWI Court Team Basic Training
February 27 - March 1, 2023

DWI Court Team Advanced Conference
March 2 - March 3, 2023

The DWI Court Team Basic Training and DWI Court Team Advanced Conference are continuing judicial education programs designed especially for DWI Court Teams by the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s DWI Curriculum Committee. This program is generously funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The DWI Court Team Basic Training is designed for new DWI Court Teams and new members on established DWI Courts. The curriculum remains the same from year to year to ensure all members receive the same basic, fundamental knowledge on addiction, supervision, and sanctions and incentives. The DWI Court Team Advanced Conference is open to both new and existing DWI Court Teams and focuses on new research and specialty court hot topics.

Both Conferences will take place in San Marcos. Registration will be open mid-October. You must have login credentials to access the website and to register. To obtain credentials, contact Aaron: registrar@yourhonor.com

  Spotlight on Success Awards 
Call for Nominations

Do you know of a DWI Court that has been extraordinarily successful in implementing the DWI Court Guiding Principles or would you like to recognize a team member that goes above and beyond the call of duty? Nominate them to be honored at the 2023 DWI Court Team Advanced Conference! (Self-nominations are welcome for the Team award.) Please email your nominations with a brief explanation to hollyd@yourhonor.com

Have Gavel, Will Travel (virtually or in-person)!
Do the judges in your courthouse or in your area have questions about impaired driving? Are you looking for an opportunity to bring together all the judges in your jurisdiction who handle impaired driving cases from bond to trial to supervision, especially now that you're back in the same building? We know you can set up your own meeting, but let us do it instead! We will handle designing an impaired driving presentation that fits your needs, just give us a time and audience.

Random Trivia Fact: First Drunk Driving Arrest
On September 10, 1897, a 25-year-old London taxi driver named George Smith becomes the first person ever arrested for drunk driving after slamming his cab into a building. Smith later pleaded guilty and was fined 25 shillings. In the United States, the first laws against operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol went into effect in New York in 1910. In 1936, Dr. Rolla Harger, a professor of biochemistry and toxicology, patented the Drunkometer, a balloon-like device into which people would breathe to determine whether they were inebriated. In 1953, Robert Borkenstein, a former Indiana state police captain and university professor who had collaborated with Harger on the Drunkometer, invented the Breathalyzer... To read the rest of the story click here.

Cannabis Public Information Campaigns & Lessons Learned


Texas Impaired Driving Task Force Newsletter
The September 2022 Texas Impaired Driving Task Force Newsletter, which includes more resources and events can be found here.

TCJ's DWI Resource Course 

The recorded DWI sessions from 2020 and 2021 have been compiled into one complete course with almost 30 videos to choose from and up to 27.75 MCLE credit hours available. The videos are separated into general DWI issues and videos specific to DWI Courts. Register for the course from the TCJ homepage at www.yourhonor.com.

New Judicial and Community Supervision Training
National Drug Court Institute’s Practitioner Training is a week-long virtual training offering in-depth education on your role in treatment court facilitated by national experts. These trainings are for anyone currently serving as a judge or part of community supervision, including probation, parole, pre-trial services and case managers. To learn more click here.

Contact Us
If you have suggestions for items to be included, or have an accomplishment or award that you would like to share, please contact:

Judge Laura A. Weiser
Judicial Resource Liaison

Holly Doran
TxDOT Program Director

The DWI Listserv is open to all judges handling DWI cases. If you would like to be added to the Listserv please send an email to hollyd@yourhonor.com. We are continuously adding to the Texas Judges’ DWI Resource Website with news articles and upcoming educational opportunities.  We hope you find the  information in this Newsletter interesting and helpful. Please contact the Traffic Safety Program with any questions or comments.