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Hardcore Drunk Drivers

The Hardcore Drunk Driver is a term established by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility in order to put a tangible face to the commonalities of the most dangerous drivers on the road: repeat, high BAC, alcohol-dependent drivers who drink and drive again and again.


Who is the Hardcore Drunk Driver?

Common Characteristics

Arrest and Sentencing Record

  • A driver with multiple DUI arrests and convictions (1/3 of all drivers arrested and adjudicated are repeat offenders)
  • A driver with a high BAC (.15 or above) at the time of arrest
  • A driver with, on average, more than 7 DUI convictions

Resistant Behavior

  • Drives frequently (at least once a month) with a 0.15 BAC or above
  • Is highly resistant to behavioral change despite previous sanctions, treatment, or education
  • Has a personal history of alcohol abuse or dependence
  • Is more likely to have family members who drive drunk and model that behavior
  • Believes they can drive safely after consuming large quantities of alcohol

Societal Impact

  • Drivers who report driving drunk a “few times” per month. Some report driving drunk every day.
  • Are responsible for 2 out of 3 alcohol-related fatalities
  • Drive drunk an average of 90 times before their first DUI arrest.

Hardcore Drunk Driver Resources

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a national, not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. For more than a decade, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has established itself as an industry leader in identifying, researching, and creating resources that help criminal justice professionals address the hardcore drunk driving issue in their communities. In this area, their goal is to assist law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, probation and parole departments, and treatment providers in the swift identification, certain punishment, and effective treatment of hardcore drunk drivers.

Building on the foundation established with its National Hardcore Drunk Driver Project and with guidance provided by a national panel of criminal justice experts, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility created the Judicial Education Project, which promotes a multi-disciplinary, system-wide approach to the hardcore drunk driver issue.

In support of their leadership efforts and our mutual commitment to driving effective programs that address hardcore drunk drivers, SCRAM Systems is pleased to share The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility Hardcore Drunk Driving Judicial Education Project resource guides for downloading that were developed for judges, prosecutors, and probation and parole officers.

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Sources: The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility National Hardcore Drunk Driver Project, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF).

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