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Since 1975, the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program has operated education and treatment programs across the Commonwealth and provides DWI offenders the tools and resources to make smarter choices, reduce recidivism and help improve highway safety. This is accomplished through 5 different component areas:

Enforcement

Training for law enforcement to enhance the apprehension of DUI offenders

Adjudication

Work with the judicial system to efficiently process offenders and provide proper sanctions for non-compliance

Case management/offender intervention

Individualized attention to ensure offender follows program requirements

Public information/education

Conduct local public information efforts and trainings to support program mission

Evaluation/certification

Each program is evaluated to ensure that services are effective, consistent and appropriate

As offenders enter the program, they are classified into one of three categories based on an assessment:

Education

Offenders are characterized as having an alcohol or drug pattern which does not result in tolerance to the substance nor do they exhibit substantial problems with substance abuse

Intensive Education

Offenders are characterized as using quantities of alcohol or drugs resulting in increased tolerance and exhibits substantial problems with alcohol or drugs without appearing addicted or exhibiting addictive patterns

Treatment

Offenders are characterized as exhibiting serious problems with alcohol or drugs, have a significant tolerance or addiction to alcohol or drugs and show abusive patterns of use.

Each category has a specific treatment plan and goal for the offenders in the program. Should offenders fail to comply with their specified plan, they could be re-assessed and enter a different treatment plan.

For more details on this program, please visit our website: www.responsibility.org/drunk-driving/promising-programs.

With our Judicial Education Advisory Committee, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has developed a compilation of promising programs across the nation for dealing with DWI offenders in the criminal justice community. It is our hope that by sharing these programs with stakeholders in the criminal justice field that new, innovative programs can be developed in every state to deal more comprehensively with DWI offenders.

Please contact Jaime Alvis Lotter, Director of Government Relations & Traffic Safety at The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, if you know of any other promising programs that should be included in this compilation.