NATIONAL TRAFFIC LAW CENTER
Hardcore Drunk Drivers
Hardcore drunk drivers, those who drive at high blood alcohol concentrations (0.15% or higher) or 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. They account for a disproportionate share of alcohol-related traffic fatalities each year.
Impaired driving cases are some of the most technically challenging and complex cases a prosecutor may face. These challenges only become more difficult when dealing with a hardcore drunk driver. These video presentations explore the issues facing prosecutors and others within the criminal justice system when dealing with these offenders.
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Part One: Overview of the Hardcore Drunk Driver
Understanding the shared characteristics of hardcore offenders is necessary before prosecutors can adequately deal with them. This segment discusses those characteristics, the challenges faced within the judicial system in appropriately prosecuting them and dispelling myths about these offenders.
Part Two: Prosecutorial Considerations
Prosecutors must take an active role in dealing with hardcore offenders as effective prosecution cannot occur in a vacuum. This segment discusses the ethical issues facing prosecutors, the importance of maintaining the integrity of the offenses charged and the differences between a traditional approach and a more effective comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach in dealing with hardcore drunk drivers.
Part Three: Effective Sanctions
Certain, consistent and coordinated sanctions are key to reducing hardcore drunk driving. This segment discusses the effectiveness of pre-conviction terms and conditions, post-conviction sanctions and appropriate treatment to reduce recidivism and ultimately save lives
Hardcore Drunk Driving Prosecutorial Guide:
A Resource Outlining Prosecutorial Challenges, Effective Strategies and Model Programs.
Hardcore drunk drivers are responsible for 68% of all drunk driving fatalities and are 380 times more likely to be involved in a crash. This monograph addresses the issues and challenges faced by prosecutors in handling cases again these hardcore offenders, encouraging a multidisciplinary approach in dealing with them while maintaining the integrity of impaired driving prosecutions, with the ultimate goal of preventing recidivism. Download