National Association of State Judicial Educators
Title Hardcore Drunk Driving Judicial Guide: A Resource Outlining Judicial Challenges, Effective Strategies and Model Programs
Book Condition New
Publisher United States National Association of State Judicial Educators; NASJE 2004
Seller ID 006265
NASJE New. Hardcore Drunk Driving Judicial Guide: A Resource Outlining Judicial Challenges, Effective Strategies and Model Programs By National Association of State Judicial Educators Hardcore Drunk Driving Judicial Guide In 2002, the National Association of State Judicial Educators and The Century Council's National Hardcore Drunk Driver Project convened a panel to examine the judiciary's critical role in reducing hardcore drunk driving. At a judicial summit meeting in Washington, D.C., members of the panel judges and judicial educators recognized as experts on the drunk driving issue examined: The problem of hardcore drunk driving The role of the judiciary system in sentencing hardcore drunk drivers Challenges and obstacles to effective sentencing of hardcore drunk drivers Effective sanctions, strategies, and programs to reduce hardcore drunk driving Model programs and promising practices Hardcore Drunk Drivers Drive with a high blood alcohol concentration (.15 or above) Do so repeatedly, as demonstrated by having more than one drunk driving arrest Are highly resistant to changing their behavior despite previous sanctions, treatment, or education Are 385 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a non-drinking driver As a result, the panel created the Hardcore Drunk Driving Judicial Guide, which combines the panel's ideas and experiences with research in the field of hardcore drunk driving. The Guide highlights effective strategies, tactics, and programs that can be implemented across the nation to reduce this dangerous problem, and is designed to serve as a resource for judges and judicial educators as they address the complexities of reducing drunk driving in our communities. Hardcore drunk drivers are those who drive with a high blood alcohol concentration (.15 or above); who do so repeatedly, as demonstrated by having more than one drunk driving arrest; and who are highly resistant to changing their behavior despite previous sanctions, treatment, or education. Successful approaches to stop hardcore drunk driving require a comprehensive system providing for swift identification, certain punishment, and effective treatment. The judicial community is uniquely positioned to lead the effort to reduce hardcore drunk driving through strong, consistent sentencing and creative, comprehensive sanctions. These measures not only punish the offender and protect the public but also promote behavior changes leading to reduced recidivism. This judicial guide outlines effective strategies and model programs for judges facing hardcore drunk drivers. Emphasizing the need for appropriate sentencing, this publication suggests that judges: recognize high BAC as an indicator of hardcore drunk driving; restrict plea bargaining and diversion programs; mandate alcohol assessments and evaluations; impose meaningful fines; employ the use of vehicle sanctions, ignition interlock devices, and intensive monitoring, supervision, and probation; and avoid substituting community service for harsher sanctions, among other things.
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