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Hardcore Drunk Driving Project

Hardcore Drunk Driving Judicial Education Project

In 1997, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility placed particular focus on hardcore drunk drivers. We defined hardcore DUI offenders as those who drive with a high BAC of .15 or above or who do so repeatedly (as demonstrated by having more than one impaired driving arrest), and who are highly resistant to changing their behavior despite previous sanctions, education, and/or treatment.

Even as drunk driving has declined steadily over the years, the number of alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities caused by hardcore drunk drivers has remained relatively unchanged. Today, approximately 25% of individuals arrested for DUI in the United States are repeat drunk drivers. Furthermore, an overwhelming majority of alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities (71%) are caused by drivers at high BAC levels (.15 or above). The average BAC among drunk drivers in fatal crashes is .16, double the legal limit in all 50 states and D.C.

The Hardcore Drunk Driving Judicial Education Project is designed to assist criminal justice professionals as they address drunk driving in their communities. The resource guides for law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and community supervision agencies can be accessed in the Practitioner Resources section.


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