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Accid Anal Prev. 2006 Jan;38(1):162-9. Epub 2005 Oct 3.

Impaired-driving recidivism among repeat offenders following an intensive court-based intervention.

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  • 1Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest, 612 Encino Place, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, USA. slapham@bhrcs.org



Repeat impaired-drivers resist successful rehabilitation. This paper describes and evaluates an innovative court-based intervention for repeat impaired-driving offenders, the driving under the influence (DUI) Intensive Supervision Program (DISP) developed in Multnomah County, Oregon.


The hazard of re-offending was compared between DISP participants (N=460) and a comparison group (N=497). The stratified Cox proportional hazards model was used to model the hazard of re-offense, adjusting for matching criteria and stratified by county of residence.


Adjusted hazard of DUI re-offense for DISP participants was 0.52 that of comparison offenders (95% CI=0.36-0.76). DISP clients also had lower arrest rates for driving while revoked/suspended and for all other traffic offenses.


Preliminary results suggest the DISP is an effective means of reducing recidivism among repeat impaired-driving offenders.

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