In order to permit the courts to become more effectively involved in rehabilitating the problem drinker-driver, it was first necessary to devise a means by which the problem drinker could be identified. Law 59 of May 1973 established a mandatory pre-sentence investigation for convicted DWI offenders and required his classification as a problem or social drinker before sentence could be announced. From July 1973 through June 1975, there were 7,274 DWI convicted offenders referred to probation officers for pre-sentence investigation. Out of this group, 5,980 cases were completed and 2,126 or 35.5% were diagnosed as problem drinkers. Until February 1974, all pre-sentence investigations were made by the Court Administration. In February, Puerto Rico ASAP hired 19 probation officers for this countermeasure. The cost of each investigation was about $142 in Fiscal Year 1973-74 and $136 for 1974-75. The major consideration in evaluating the validity of the diagnostic procedure was the percentage distribution of problem and social drinkers. This was made on the assumption that the client-flow to a particular diagnostic unit presents a relatively consistent mix of persons with varying degrees of drinking-problem severity. The cumulative monthly percentage of diagnosed problem drinkers varied from 47.1% in November 1973 to 30.4% in February 1974. The percentage averaged 34% in July 1974 through June of 1975, when the same ASAP-sponsored probation officers were doing the investigations, showing improvement and consistency.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored in part by Puerto Rico Traffic Safety Commission, Santurce.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Kuttan (Appu) and Associates

    Santurce,   Puerto Rico 

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Office of Driver and Pedestrian Programs, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Puerto Rico Traffic Safety Commission

    Santurce,   Puerto Rico  00907
  • Authors:
    • Yeganiantz, L
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 102 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00192226
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-802-836 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-160-2-251
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM