24/7 Sobriety Programs

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Turning the Tide of Drunk Driving Through 24/7 Accountability

In 2005, then-South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long launched a statewide program aimed at tackling the state’s epidemic DUI issue. At the time, South Dakota had one of the highest DUI rates in the nation, with 21.6% of adults admitting to having driven drunk. In addition, 75% of individual involved in fatal crashes had a BAC of 0.15 or higher.

In the 24/7 Program model, every single DUI offender is either tested twice daily (seven days a week) at a breath-testing center, or they wear SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring technology. The majority of the testing is offender funded, and a state indigent fund subsidizes costs for participants who qualify. The most important element of the program is simple, yet effective: If you fail or miss a test, or you have a confirmed drinking event on SCRAM CAM, you are swiftly, immediately escorted to the local jail.

Today, state level 24/7 Sobriety Programs are proliferating. North Dakota and Montana are already online, and a half-dozen programs are in the research and planning phases.

24/7 Sobriety Program Statistics

  • In South Dakota, alcohol-related traffic deaths declined by 33% from 2006 to 2007, the highest decrease in the nation, after implementation of statewide 24/7
  • Since then South Dakota has seen an additional 25% decrease in alcohol-related traffic fatalities
  • SD has had a 93% compliance rate with 24/7 participants monitored by SCRAM CAM
  • 98% of participants in North Dakota’s 24/7 program successfully complete the program

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