Hardcore Drunk Driving Can Be Reduced with DWI/DUI Courts

Over two-thirds of drunken driving fatalities in a recent year in the U.S. involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher. That's about twice the legal limit. DWI offenders tend to fall into two categories:

  1. People who have made a poor decision and driven after having had too much alcohol to drink.
    • These drivers tend to have relatively low blood alcohol
      concentrations (BACs)
    • These people are usually dissuaded from the crime in the future
      by punishment
  2. People who are addicted to alcohol (alcoholics) who are hard-core
    repeat offenders.
    • These drivers tend to have very high and dangerous BACs.
    • These people are very resistant to changing their drunken driving
      behavior

Convinced that we can't jail our way out of the hard-core repeat offender drunk driving problem, some judges have created DWI courts (sometimes called DUI courts). These innovative courts use substance-abuse interventions and treatment with repeat defendants who plead guilty of driving while intoxicated.

DWI courts are designed to address the root cause of the hard-core drunk driver -- addiction. The evidence indicates that DWI courts are highly effective and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration actively supports them as a major way to reduce the problem of high BAC repeat offenders.

View or download the Hardcore Drunk Driving Judicial Guide. National Drug Court Institute.

 

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