Did you know?
Impaired driving remains one of the most serious threats to public safety in the US. In fact, impaired-driving deaths count for one-third of all traffic deaths on our roads. In 2014, more than 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving while impaired (DWI), and about one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of impaired driving are repeat offenders.
DWI court saves
DWI courts are specialized, comprehensive court programs that provide individual treatment, supervision, and accountability for repeat DWI offenders. These specialty courts follow the well-established drug court model and are based on the premise that impaired driving can be prevented if the underlying causes, such as substance addiction and mental health issues, are identified and addressed.
A large body of research supports the effectiveness of DWI courts to lead participants out of the justice system and into long-term sobriety. Simply put, DWI court saves lives and resources.
A Michigan study found that participants were 19 times less likely to be re-arrested for another impaired-driving offense than offenders processed through a traditional court. DWI courts were also determined to be cost-effective and efficient.
And a Georgia evaluation found that DWI court participants had a recidivism rate of 15% compared to a recidivism rate of 35% among DWI offenders who were processed through traditional courts.
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NCDC is the authority on the latest research, best practices, and cutting-edge innovations to treat repeat and high-blood-alcohol-content DWI offenders. We deliver timely solutions that improve DWI court outcomes, save money, and make our roadways and communities safer.
NCDC faculty and staff provide a level of expertise and historical and practical knowledge unrivaled in our field. Together, we span a broad range of disciplines, including judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, court administrators, program coordinators, case managers, treatment providers, and law enforcement officials located around the world. NCDC has planned and implemented more training and technical assistance programs than any other entity in the DWI court field. Since 2007, we have conducted more than 90 DWI court foundational and operational tune-up trainings, equipping more than 3,700 court professionals to be the best in their field.
The DWI Court Expansion Project
NCDC is collaborating with and supported by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) to launch the DWI Court Expansion Project aimed at growing the DWI Court.
Expansion Project efforts have ranged from meeting with high-level policymakers and practitioners to overcome barriers to the use of DWI courts; to participation in judicial and statewide conferences, policy summits, and trade shows to increase awareness in both the industry and legal arenas; to providing training to other problem-solving courts that wish to expand their programming to serve DWI offenders.
NCDC and FAAR plan to continue this effort in the future with a series of “tech tours” to promote effective use of assessment, monitoring, and safety tools and technology (such as ignition interlock and alcohol-monitoring bracelets) in DWI courts.