ERIC Number: ED328713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Drunken Driver Education and Rehabilitation in Massachusetts. FY '89.
In Massachusetts, rehabilitation opportunities are graduated, increasingly intensive, and determined by the number of prior convictions for driving under the influence of liquor (DUIL). Convicted first offenders may choose participation in a 40-hour educational rehabilitation program. Individuals convicted of a second DUIL offense may participate in a 14-day residential treatment program. During fiscal year 1989, the 42 driver alcohol education (DAE) programs for first offenders admitted 16,751 clients, a decrease of 12 percent from fiscal year 1988. Client characteristics remained stable, although first offender drunken driver programs have increased services to women and minorities since fiscal year 1985. Three 14-day residential treatment programs for second offenders admitted 3,995 clients during fiscal year 1989, a decrease of 7 percent from fiscal year 1988. Admissions decreased 29 percent since fiscal year 1986. Client characteristics changed little during the past several years. Breathalyzer test refusals increased for both first and second offenders. Clients admitted to first offender DAE programs were more likely to be women and to be employed than those admitted to second offender programs. Clients in second offender programs showed greater cocaine and marijuana use. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Public Health, Boston.