Our nation’s roadways were designed and are in place to provide for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. One of the core functions of law enforcement is to ensure the safety of these roadways, through enforcement, education and engineering. Every year law enforcement continues its battle to keep our roads safe by removing impaired drivers, who are the cause of thousands of innocent deaths, untold injuries and millions of dollars in property damage.
Law enforcement continues to do an incredible job changing driver behavior through enforcement and education, however, it is the hardcore drunk driver who presents our biggest challenge in this arena. Hardcore drunk drivers are those who drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or above, or who do so repeatedly, demonstrated by having more than one impaired driving arrest, and who are highly resistant to changing their behavior despite previous sanctions, treatment or education efforts. These offenders know our criminal justice system and it is imperative that we deploy successful strategies specific to this issue.
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) has released a new Hardcore Drink Driving Law Enforcement Guide. The Guide is designed to provide law enforcement with the tools for our “impaired driving toolbox” to develop tactics to identify these hard core offenders who continue to operate with a disregard for the safety of others. I encourage you to read it and share it with other law enforcement leaders.
Chief Steven Casstevens
Buffalo Grove, IL Police Department
Vice President, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
*The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) or any Responsibility.org member.*