In 1997, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility launched The National Hardcore Drunk Driving Project to develop programs that advocate swift identification, certain punishment, and effective treatment to reduce hardcore drunk driving.

1998, the Project held a series of forums in Massachusetts, Texas, and Ohio that were designed to foster the beginning of a national dialogue focusing on shared problems and creative solutions, and led to the foundation of strong alliances with other public and private organizations engaged in the fight against drunk driving. Each forum concentrated on a particular dimension of the hardcore drunk driving dilemma – treatment, sentencing, enforcement, sanctions, and prosecution – and included participants from additional states whose expertise was especially valuable to the topic.

This also led to the development of strong alliances with other public and private organizations engaged in the fight against drunk driving. The Coalition to Fight Hardcore Drunk Driving comprised of representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the American Automobile Association (AAA), and the National District Attorneys Association’s (NDAA) Traffic Law Center continues to build on the achievements of the founding members of this project.

Combating Hardcore Drunk Driving was the first traffic safety community effort to provide a single, comprehensive resource to assist in reducing fatalities, injuries, and crashes caused by repeat offenders and drivers with high blood alcohol concentration levels of .15 and above. The sourcebook includes information on a broad range of policies, laws, sanctions, and treatment programs culled from professionals in the fields of alcohol abuse and traffic safety as well as from surveys of U.S. territories, special jurisdictions, and each state.