New Study Shows IIDs Are Effective Tools

An independent study has concluded that South Dakota’s innovative sobriety program for drunk driving offenders has reduced repeat cases of DUI by 12 percent and domestic violence offenses by 9 percent.  The study also produced evidence that suggest modest reductions in motor vehicle crashes among male drivers aged 18-40.

Lifesafer Ignition Interlock South DakotaThe 24/7 Sobriety Program was started in 2005, giving people convicted of alcohol-related offenses a chance to stay out of jail as long as they were monitored daily for alcohol use.  After the program was deemed a success in five counties in South Dakota, the program was rolled out state-wide. The study of the first six years done by the RAND Health is the first to look at results of the program that has since spread to North Dakota and Montana.

The program requires repeat DUI offenders and others whose offenses are alcohol-related to take twice-daily breath tests to prove their sobriety or to wear alcohol-monitoring bracelets or test through an interlock device installed on their vehicle’s ignition system.

From 2005 to 2010, program participants took approximately 3.7 million breath tests. The pass rate exceeded 99 percent!

By 2010, more than 17,000 people had participated in the award-winning program in South Dakota. In some South Dakota counties, as many as one in 10 males had participated! Today, close to 25,000 people have participated in the program.

Way to go, South Dakota!