South Dakota Aims to Curb Drunk Driving with '24/7 Sobriety'

Program requires previous DWI offenders to test sober every day

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A public coin-operated alcohol breathalyzer in Lithuania (Moacir P. de Sá Pereira/flickr)

South Dakota had a drinking problem. A rural state with a sparse population and few public transportation options available, driving under the influence of alcohol had become a major issue. Then three years ago, something changed, causing alcohol related crime to drop, and making the roads safer.

South Dakota launched the 24/7 Sobriety Project. The program makes DWI offenders take an alcohol breath test twice a day, charging them a dollar for each test. Those who pass walk free, but those who fail can wind up in for anywhere between 24 and 48 hours. The goal, as the program's name suggests, is absolute sobriety for previous offenders, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program also reduces costs for the state, by reducing the number of people in prison.

Thousands of miles away, the city of London is watching. While the Mount Rushmore State has just a tenth of the population of the British capital, city officials are considering bringing 24/7 Sobriety to London, where 70,000 people were admitted to the hospital between 2007 and 2008 due to alcohol-attributable conditions. Kit Malthouse, London's deputy mayor, tells us why he thinks what works in South Dakota will work in London as well.


Comments [1]

Bill Dikant from Castleton, N.Y. 12033-1604

On today's news ,CNN to be exact had this article and some of the finer citizens find that this is an Inconvenience to the "SERIAL" Intoxicated Driver(HIGHWAY TERRORISTS) Below are some of the inconveniences that I had when a Drunk Driver caused the premature Death of my Wife, Son and Daughter on the 29TH. of December 1977.

The Inconvenience of going to the Hospital to find that Wife & Daughter were killed instantly. My oldest son , 12 and youngest 6
were in intensive care with my eldest having no chance for a normal life as his brain was severely damaged. Now I had the inconvenience of having to decide to remove life support.
Then there was the inconvenience of making Funeral arrangements, picking out coffins, ordering flowers and the severe inconvenience of going for the wake and then the Funeral Mass.The Burial was another inconvenience.Visiting my youngest son in the Hospital for many days,then the many visits to the Neurosurgeon. now those are surely an inconvenience as has been every day since.And these poor,poor Highway Terrorists cant /wont do the twice a day B.A.C. tests, Alas, what an INCONVIENCE for them
Bill Dikant, D.W.I. Victim Advocate,
Castleton, N.Y. 12033-1604

Oct. 28 2010 04:35 PM

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