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Driving in Crisis: Assessing the Mentally Impaired Driver (VoD)  

Sgt. Jamie Sipes, Mental Health Unit Coordinator, St. Paul Police Dept. (MN), will discuss the increasing phenomenon of persons driving in crisis. Officers and investigators are encountering more drivers who are experiencing an acute crisis that has affected their driving conduct. As a traffic violation has led to the encounter, the question becomes, what now? You will learn when charges may be appropriate, when stabilization or hospitalization may be more valuable, and when de-escalation and crisis intervention must occur before any decisions can be made.

Topics Include

  • Reducing the stigma related to mental illness
  • Increasing law enforcement training
  • Media coverage
  • The definition of mental illness
  • The definition of a person in crisis
  • Crisis intervention
  • De-escalation
  • Law enforcement policy


This is a live recording of a Symposium on Traffic Safety breakout session.


Patrol officers, DUI investigators, traffic unit supervisors, prosecutors and assistant state attorneys

Course Length

2 hours

Online Details

Online environment: Videos on Demand (VoDs) provide comprehensive, subject-specific information and must be viewed within 30 days upon registration. Once the 30-day period has ended, you may have limited access and be required to re-enroll. Additional fees may apply.

Computer requirements: You will complete the course entirely online. A dependable broadband internet connection with a Windows or Mac computer is required.

This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.


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