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DWI Court – Research

DWI Court offenders are up to nineteen times less likely to get a new DWI offense than those offenders sentenced by a traditional court.

DWI Courts Are Showing Success. Three separate studies have now found DWI Courts to be effective in reducing recidivism of DWI offenders.

  • An evaluation of three DWI Courts in Georgia asked the ultimate question: Were DWI Courts more effective in reducing recidivism?  The conclusion was a clear: Yes, the DWI Courts were more effective. The evaluation was conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and it found:
    • Repeat DWI offenders graduating from DWI Courts were up to 65% less likely to be re-arrested for a new DWI offense
    • All DWI Court participants had a recidivism rate of 15%, whether or not they graduated or were terminated, versus a recidivism rate of up to 35% for those not in DWI court.
    • The three DWI Courts prevented between 47 and 112 more repeat DWI arrests.
  • The study noted the effectiveness of the Georgia DWI Courts saved a substantial amount of taxpayer money that would have been needed for incarceration, court time, and probation supervision.
  • For a copy of the NHTSA study, click here.

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DWI Courts: A Promising Practice to Reduce Alcohol-related Traffic Fatalities – International Institute for Alcohol Awareness

The number of annual alcohol-related traffic fatalities has hovered around 17,000 for the past ten years. Education and public safety efforts that successfully reduced the number of deaths in the 1980s are now impervious to habitual drunk drivers who repeatedly drive at high BAC levels, despite multiple DWI arrests and previous sanctions. It has become apparent that if we are to continue to make progress against alcohol-related crashes and deaths, we need to rely upon a new intervention strategy that reduces the incidences of impaired driving among habitual drunk drivers.

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