Reaching the 33%: How Do We Stop the High-Risk Impaired Driver?

Every year approximately one million individuals in the United States are arrested for drunk driving. Research shows that about two thirds of the first-time DWI offenders never commit a subsequent drunk driving offense. However, the other third continue to drink and drive despite multiple convictions and the sanctions that accompany these offenses. In fact, over 73% of high-BAC drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes are repeat offenders. How can practitioners determine which of these individuals in most at risk to reoffend and how can they be stopped. This interactive presentation addresses the three components of effective management of high risk drunk drivers; assessment, supervision and treatment. Topics will include the use of DWI specific risk/need screening and assessment, evidence-based community supervision practices, and comprehensive treatment programs specifically designed for individuals convicted of multiple DWIs.


  • Participants will identify how DWI assessments impact sentencing and supervision strategies
  • Participants will identify the characteristics and profiles of DWI offenders and the criminogenic risk factors that increase their likelihood of recidivating
  • Participants will understand the need and impact of long-term treatment programming for high-risk impaired drivers with multiple convictions