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NCJ Number: 52036 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY (CA) - AN EVALUATION OF THE 'DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED' COURSE
Author(s): D D KING; W C PIEROTTI; T S NESS
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 70
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DRIVING RECORDS WERE USED TO INDICATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A SCHOOL FOR PERSONS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED. IT WAS FOUND THAT RECIDIVISM RATES DROPPED STEADILY OVER THE 4-YEAR EVALUATION PERIOD.
Abstract: THE THEORY BEHIND A SPECIAL SCHOOL FOR FIRST OFFENDERS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE DRINKING IS EXPLORED. MANY COURTS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, CALIF., INCLUDE THE COURSE AS PART OF THE OFFENDER'S SENTENCE. STATE OF CALIFORNIA DRIVING RECORDS SHOWED THAT THE 24-MONTH RECIDIVISM RATE FOR A RANDOM SAMPLE OF STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED SESSIONS 1-38 (1974-1975) WAS 18.6 PERCENT, WHILE THE 24-MONTH RATE FOR STUDENTS IN SESSIONS 39-84 (THE YEARS 1975-1976) WAS 7.9 PERCENT. THE 12-MONTH RECIDIVISM RATE FOR THE 1976-1977 COHORT WAS LESS THAN 6 PERCENT. THIS IS ATTRIBUTED TO GREATER EFFECTIVENESS OF COURSE CONTENT AND GREATER EXPERTISE ON THE PART OF THE INSTRUCTORS. IN ADDITION TO THE RECIDIVISM DATA, QUESTIONNNAIRES WERE MAILED TO A RANDOM SAMPLE OF 936 COURSE GRADUATES. ONLY 126 WERE RETURNED, BUT THESE DID SHOW IMPROVED DRIVING ATTITUDES. CHARTS AND TABLES PRESENT STUDY DATA. QUESTIONNAIRES USED IN THE COURSE AND AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS INCLUDED IN THE SCHOOL'S PRESENTATIONS ARE APPENDED. THE SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE IS INCLUDED, TOGETHER WITH A TABULATION OF RESPONSES. A PROFILE OF THE AVERAGE PERSON ARRESTED ON A 'DRUNK DRIVING' CHARGE IN THE COUNTY AND REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): California; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Evaluation; First time offenders; Sentencing/Sanctions
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