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Title:Impaired Driving Safety Program Strategy Pilot: Improving Prevention Outcomes Based in an Individualized Computerized Assessment and Referral System
Principal Investigators:Kimberly Vachal
University:North Dakota State University
Grant #:69A3551747108 (FAST Act)
Project #:MPC-628
RiP #:01747749
Keywords:drunk drivers, evaluation and assessment, mental disorders, pilot studies, recidivism, risk assessment, safety programs, software


Impaired driving remains a critical safety issue for North Dakota as over 4 in 10 motor vehicle deaths involve an impaired driver. A pilot project with the 24/7 Sobriety Program, initiated in 2008, led to legislated participation for recidivist DUI drivers just two years later. A recently developed assessment program, designed for impaired drivers, presents an exciting technology-based opportunity to individualize treatment for impaired drivers based on risk assessment for co-occurring mental health disorders. Research shows 45 percent of repeat drunk drivers have a major mental disorder. The Computerized Assessment and Referral System (CARS) is a free software tool that could potentially be used to strengthen current driver improvement strategies. DWI Court, 24/7 Sobriety Program and other driver improvement strategies have strengthen impaired driving prevention. This pilot project would allow stakeholders to further refine the DUI prevention program by incorporating individual's recidivism risk into prevention decisions.

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