THE EFFECTS OF COMBINING SANCTIONS AND REHABILITATION FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: AN EVALUATION OF THE NEW JERSEY ALCOHOL COUNTERMEASURES PROGRAM

In contrast to many other state Driving under the Influence (DUI) programs developed in the United States in the 1970s as alternatives to traditional sanctions, the New Jersey Alcohol Countermeasures Program combined sanctions with mandatory education/rehabilitation for offenders. Three components were evaluated: DUI education, "treatment", and Alcoholics Anonymous. For 2,734 first and repeat offenders participating in the program between 1979 and 1982, the program was effective in reducing DUI recidivism for program completers (66% while licensed and 51% while suspended) compared with noncompleters, but it was less effective in reducing subsequent moving violations while licensed (20% compared with noncompleters) and accidents while suspended (9% compared with noncompleters). A small group of repeat offenders, missassigned to DUI education, had higher post conviction rates of negative driving events than those of comparable offenders assigned to "treatment" or Alcoholics Anonymous, indicating that for these offenders the latter interventions were more effective.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Green, R E
    • French, J F
    • Haberman, P W
    • Holland, P W
  • Publication Date: 1991-12

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  • Accession Number: 00618417
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 493
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1992 12:00AM