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Drink Impaired Drivers

Programme content The programme runs for 14 weekly group sessions of 2 hours, together with post-programme individual sessions to reinforce the learning. It involves educational groups and cognitive behavioural methods. Research has shown that these are effective in improving thinking and problem solving skills and reducing the risk of further offending. The monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of this work is an integral part of the programme. Legal framework Attendance on the programme is a condition of a Community Rehabilitation Order under Schedule 2(2) of the Power of the Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000. The following wording should be used for this additional requirement:

Aims • To confront participants with issues relating to drinking and driving. • To help group members develop their skills for thinking about problems and for solving them and to apply these skills to real situations to reduce the risk of future offences of drink driving. Objectives The programme works with participants to: • Increase their factual knowledge about the effects of alcohol. • Encourage a constructive change in attitude towards the use of alcohol. • Encourage positive change in patterns of drinking and related behaviour. • Develop an increased awareness of the variety of ways in which participants can resist undue pressure to drink more than they wish. • Enable them to recognise the implications of their drinking on themselves and others, particularly the potential victims of road accidents. • Increase understanding of the drink-driving offence and recognition of the effect of alcohol on essential driving skills.

Target group • Men aged 17 years or over whose current offence involves drink driving with priority given to those offences where there are aggravating features. • Offences include driving whilst unfit or over the prescribed limit, being drunk in charge of a vehicle or failing to provide a specimen; and aiding, abetting or attempting any of these. • Aggravating features include offences involving a road traffic accident, a high blood alcohol level (eg 160mg or above) or previous drink driving offences.

“shall attend an approved
Probation Centre in accordance with instructions given by the supervising officer and whilst there, comply with the instructions given by the person in charge or their agents” This requirement will be enforced and the Order returned to court if the programme is not completed.

National Probation Directorate

National Probation Service for England and Wales
This programme has been accredited by the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel (CSAP) for use in England and Wales (2001).