AN EVALUATION OF ALCOHOL ABUSE TREATMENT AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO DRIVERS LICENSE SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION

The effects of alcohol abuse treatment for repeat drunk driving offenders were compared to those of suspending or revoking the driving privilege. Analyses of both life style change and traffic safety indicators were conducted. Repeat drunk driving offenders were identified in four demonstration counties which offered a 12-month alcohol abuse treatment program as an alternative to mandatory licensing actions. Treatment participants retained their driving privilege, while nonparticipants received the mandated suspension or revocation. A third group of suspended or revoked drivers was identified in four matched comparison counties. Analysis of covariance and survival-rate techniques were employed to analyze 12-month driving records. Life style change over eight months was assessed using the Life Activities Battery developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Interrupted time series analyses were conducted to assess program impact on the driving records of all program county and comparison county motorists. Program participants had the worst driving records; this effect is most readily explained in terms of driving exposure. Improvements in life style occurred in both the treatment and licensing action groups. In general, it was found that the treatment program demonstrated no advantages over mandatory licensing controls during the treatment period. Recommendations regarding program entry and participation guidelines were made.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with California State Health and Welfare Agency, Division of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Motor Vehicles

    P.O. Box 11828, 2415 1st Avenue
    Sacramento, CA  USA  95813

    California State Health and Welfare Agency

    Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, 111 Capitol Mall
    Sacramento, CA  USA  95814
  • Authors:
    • Hagen, R E
    • Williams, R L
    • McConnell, E J
    • Fleming, C W
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 322 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00192079
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CAL-MV-RSS-78-68 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM