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It's Not an "Accident": It's a Crime!

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Emphasizing that a drunk-driving vehicle crash should be viewed by police as a violent crime that can cause the death or injury of victims, this brochure encourages first-responder police officers to focus on victim services for all directly affected by the crime, viewing them as victims of a violent crime.
All victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect, including victims of drunk driving crashes. This brochure provides information to law enforcement officers on how to respond to DUI crash victims and the services that may be available to them, including crime victim compensation. This resource was produced by the National Sheriffs' Association with funding support from OVC.
Date Created: May 1, 2018