DWI REEDUCATION: AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH

The Johnson City Driver's Education School, established in the police department March 8, 1973, is a new way to deal with Driving While Intoxicated violations. Instruction was to reeducate DWI defendants in the community. The core course was a two hour, one day a week for five weeks, course. A pre-test was administered to determine students' knowledge and attitude, followed by a post-test in session five. An experimental control group design was used during the initial course offering. The experimental group attended the course and the control group did not. Both groups took the pre- and post-tests. At the end of the course, the experimental group differed significantly from the control group in knowledge gain but not in attitudinal change. Of the 68 students not under study their post-course level of knowledge was higher as was a more serious attitude toward DWI. Checking recidivism, no graduates repeated the DWI course between 8 March 1973 and 6 November 1973. The objectives of the school have been reached. The importance of this program is threefold. It provides a structured means to impart the seriousness of the DWI offense. It continues imparting the seriousness of the offense of the defendant. Finally, the course defendants were humanized and in turn humanized the law enforcement system. /HSRI/

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Association of Chiefs of Police

    11 Firstfield Road
    Gaithersburg, MD  United States  20760
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, E D
    • Greer, J B
  • Publication Date: 1974-11

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 22-23
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096244
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM