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The judiciary can and should have an important role in reducing the prevalence of hardcore drunk driving and the deaths and injuries it causes. A growing number of judges across the United States have developed and adopted promising and innovative programs to address hardcore drunk driving.

These efforts are necessary because drunk driving cases present the most challenging legal and evidentiary issues a judge can hear in a courtroom and hardcore drunk driving cases present even thornier challenges for the judiciary.

Judges who handle drunk driving cases must ask themselves what sentencing strategies and treatment interventions are available to prevent and discourage the hardcore offender from recidivating. works with judicial partners, including our Judicial Education Advisory Panel, to create resources that provide education about the importance of assessment and individualized sentencing for the DUI offender population.