Study: South Dakota's Sobriety Program reduces DUIs and domestic violence arrests
A study on the South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program indicates a notable reduction in DUI and domestic violence.
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Thursday that the RAND Corporation published the study. The study was funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to evaluate the program's effectiveness on improving public safety.
Jackley said they are pleased to receive the study and they were confident it would reflect the state's 24/7 Sobriety program.
RAND found that in examining the first six years of the sobriety program that frequent alcohol testing with swift and moderate sanctions reduced county-level repeat DUI arrests by 12 percent and domestic violence arrests by 9 percent. There was also evidence of a decline in traffic crashes involving men aged 18-40.
"These results will hopefully aid in convincing Congress and other stakeholders that the 24/7 Sobriety Program significantly reduces repeat alcohol violations and may in turn open the door for future highway safety and other funding prospects," Jackley said in a news release.