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Vehicular Crimes Unit Bureau Chief Mary Tanner-Richter Named NYS Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



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ALBANY, NY - District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that Vehicular Crimes Unit Bureau Chief Mary Tanner-Richter has been named as one of two Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP) for the State of New York through the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s Highway Safety Program. The program is grant funded by the Federal Highway Safety Program under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and addresses roadway safety through education and trainings across the State of New York, as well as nationwide. Lauren Konsul, an attorney at the New York Prosecutors Training Institute has been a TSRP since 2013, providing training and support for prosecutors on various topics associated with vehicular crimes as well.

The program provides training opportunities for police, prosecutors, and judges across the state. These trainings include technical assistance in the proper planning and execution of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) cases for effective investigation and prosecution, as well as trainings about new legislation and technological advances in the field. In addition to drunk and drugged driving, many courses include a focus on distracted driving-related issues and proper vehicular homicide investigations and prosecutions. 

As a TSRP, Ms. Tanner-Richter is working in conjunction with members of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Traffic Law Center of the American Prosecutors Research Institute to keep New York prosecutors and police officers apprised of the latest traffic safety issues affecting the entire country.
“The overall goal of this program is to increase effective prosecutions of vehicular crimes across the State of New York, with the ultimate goal of reducing DWI and drugged driving. I can think of no better advocate for best practices of vehicular crimes than Mary Tanner-Richter, and we are proud that she is representing our office, Albany County, and New York State by ensuring that prosecutors, the judiciary, and members of law enforcement are able to learn from the best,” commented DA Soares.

Mary Tanner-Richter said, “I am honored to have been selected for the position of TSRP. I have dedicated the majority of my professional career to holding impaired drivers accountable for their crimes and giving voice to the multitude of victims who have paid the ultimate price for those crimes. Impaired/distracted driving are not victimless crimes. They can affect anyone of us at any time. I look forward to providing the necessary training and expertise to ensure that these cases are properly investigated and prosecuted and that offenders across this State are actually held accountable.”

Mary Tanner-Richter has been an Assistant District Attorney in the Albany County District Attorney’s office since February 2001, and is currently the Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Unit. She has specialized in the area of vehicular crimes prosecution since 2004 and was instrumental in creating the Albany County District Attorney’s Vehicular Crimes Unit in 2008. Tanner-Richter was named the 2015 National Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year by the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC). She has previously received recognitions including the 2011 Recognition of Excellence Award presented by New York State STOP DWI, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Albany County STOP DWI presented her the Daniel S. Dwyer Memorial Award in December 2012 to honor her commitment to justice for victims of DWI crimes.

Ms. Tanner-Richter is a member of the Albany County STOP-DWI Program, and currently sits on the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Advisory Council on Impaired Driving Enforcement Team and Probation and Community Supervision Team.

For more information about Mary's work at the DA's Office please check out the Vehicular Crimes Unit homepage, or contact the Albany County District Attorney’s Office at (518) 487-5460.

July 2015, Mary Tanner-Richter and Family at the NAPC Awards Ceremony