Survey of DWI Courts

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) Courts are a relatively new approach to combating alcohol-impaired driving that borrows from the Drug Court model. The Courts are directed at repeat DWI offenders and offenders having high blood alcohol concentrations at time of arrest, and they attack the source of the problem by taking a comprehensive approach to changing behavior that includes accountability and long-term treatment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a web-based survey of DWI Courts and DWI/Drug Courts (court programs that handle both DWI and drug offenders) in 2015 to obtain detailed information on how DWI Courts operate. NHTSA conducted the survey in collaboration with the National Center for DWI Courts, who alerted State Drug Court Coordinators to the survey, supported NHTSA webinars that described the survey, and provided NHTSA with contact information for the court programs. A total of 156 courts responded to the survey from a contact list of 473. Excluding ineligible and incomplete surveys left 105 that filled out the questionnaire from beginning to end.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See "Survey of DWI Courts" (DOT HS 812 283, June 2016) and "Traffic Tech: Survey of DWI Courts" (DOT HS 812 287, June 2016).


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Block, Alan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Avar Consulting, Inc.

    1395 Piccard Drive, Suite 200
    Rockville, MD  United States  20850
  • Start Date: 20140900
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160600
  • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Alcohol Impaired Driving

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01641798
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-14-C-00348
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 25 2017 1:17PM