RAND Corporation releases results of sobriety study

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced last week that the RAND Corporation has published their study of the South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program.

The study was funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to evaluate the program's effectiveness on improving public safety.

"We are pleased to receive RAND's study on our 24/7 Sobriety Program," said Jackley. "We were confident that the study would reflect the 24/7 Program's positive effect on repeat alcohol violators. The study results indicate a notable reduction in DUI and domestic violence. 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."

RAND found that in examining the first six years of the South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program that frequent alcohol testing with swift and moderate sanctions for those caught using alcohol reduced county-level repeat DUI arrests by 12 percent and domestic violence arrests by 9 percent.

Furthermore, there was suggestive evidence of a decline in traffic crashes involving men aged 18-40.

To review the RAND Corporation study, visit http://www.rand.org/health/feature/24-7.html.

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