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New Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Ready to Take the Reins

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute – the educational and training branch of the PDAA – is excited to welcome prosecutor Ashley Goshert as the Commonwealth’s new Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP). 

Ashley will serve our state as a resource for law enforcement and county DAs in dealing with highway safety cases, including Driving Under the Influence cases (DUIs), and will be a liaison to several state highway safety organizations. She will ensure that prosecutors who are charging serious crimes that affect people from all over our state have the tools they need to conduct successful prosecutions. 

We spoke to Ashley and she’s excited to be onboard: “I am excited to help police and prosecutors across Pennsylvania in their important efforts to keep our streets and highways safe. Over the past several years, the increase in drug-related DUIs makes the job of police and prosecutors more challenging and more critical than ever.”

A graduate of Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Ashley has deep roots in the Commonwealth. She served as Deputy District Attorney in Dauphin County for years until she moved on to serve as a Prosecuting Attorney for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs at the PA Department of State. There, she prosecuted professional licensure violation cases between 2011 and 2018. Her experience and enthusiasm make her a great match for the role. 

Ashley Goshert Traffic Safety Prosecutors CourseAshley already got her feet wet running our Traffic Safety Prosecutors Course in State College last week – a popular and relevant course offering for prosecutors across our state! 

Our organization partners with the PA DUI Association to present the Traffic Safety Prosecutors Course, and we are able to offer a 100% Law Enforcement Scholarship to any police officer who submits an application discussing the issues they face dealing with traffic crimes cases. 

The TSRP coordinates traffic-safety training curriculum for police, prosecutors and others interested in the goals of reducing road safety deaths and keeping dangerous drivers off of the road. In the role, Ashley will be working closely with PennDOT and the Pennsylvania DUI Association. The position also has a seat on the steering committee for PennDOT’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan and is a member of the Commonwealth’s Regional Safety Team. 

Part of the work of the PDAA / PDAI is to increase coordination with state agencies to help deter and prosecute crime. To that end, Ashley’s position is sponsored by the PDAI and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with the funds administered by PennDOT. The program is endorsed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and has the complete support of the National Traffic Law Center of the National District Attorneys Association and the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators. 

We welcome Ashley onboard and thank you for reading about our efforts!

ABOUT PDAI

PDAI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the education and training affiliate of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association based in Harrisburg, PA. Since its inception, the Institute has trained over 2,000 assistant district attorneys in its basic prosecutors’ course and held a district attorney seminar for newly elected and appointed DAs every other year. The Institute also conducts training courses for law enforcement officers and victim service professionals.