Evaluation of a drunk driving prevention program for first offenders

This project is for the initial investigation of a multi-component program designed to deter first-time driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenders from subsequent drinking and driving. The program recently was established in San Juan County, New Mexico, and offenders are incarcerated in a treatment facility, given the option of day work-release if they are employed, and engage in a variety of assessment and treatment experiences. After release, a two-month aftercare period with counselors is provided. Given the predominately Native American population in this program, many of the intervention components, such as alcohol counseling sessions and AA group meetings, have been modified to be culturally sensitive to the Navajo population. Other program components--a weekly sweat lodge and talking circle--are unique to the cultural orientation of the program. A MADD victim impact panel also is being initiated as part of the efforts. Early results suggest the program is having an impact -- 2.6 percent recidivism rate vs. an expected 11.9 percent rate for the first 12 months as projected by the New Mexico Traffic Safety Bureau. However, a more rigorous assessment is required and the investigators are proposing a pilot, randomized trial before applying to other sources (NIAAA) for a multi-year trial.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 10/1/1996

Time frame: 10/1/1996 - 3/31/1999

Grant Number: 29417


University of New Mexico

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, 87131-0001


W. Gill Woodall
Project Director