THE EFFECTIVENESS OF AN ALCOHOL SAFETY SCHOOL IN REDUCING RECIDIVISM OF DRINKING DRIVERS

To assess the effectiveness of a Broward County, Florida, program to reeducate motorists convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI), data were collected on 520 persons who had participated in the program, 120 recidivists (including 30 subjects who had participated in the safe driving program) and 30 controls (DWI offenders who did not participate in the safe driving program). The drivers' records for the 36 months following court disposition (fine or assignment to safe driving program) were examined, the 1st DWI conviction of each subject being selected as the dividing line between pretreatment and postreatment. The 30 controls and 30 program participants did not differ significantly in the numbers of violations, points accumulated, accidents or subsequent DWI convictions. Discriminant function analysis of sociodemographic data on 520 first offenders and 120 recidivists indicated that, compared with 1st offenders, recidivists included a disproportionately large number of men, had significantly higher occupational status and significantly more of them had been involved in an accident at the time of arrest. It is proposed that 1st offenders and recidivists be treated separately and that the training be tailored to group differences. (Author)

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    Rutgers University, New Brunswick

    Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
    33 Livingston Avenue
    New Brunswick, NJ  United States  08901
  • Authors:
    • MICHELSON, L
  • Publication Date: 1980-11

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 1060-64
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325341
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM