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What is the Drinking Driver Program in New York?

People who are accused of drunk driving in New York might be offered the opportunity to go through the Drinking Driver Program. The DDP is one way that New York works toward reducing the risk of drunk drivers reoffending.

What is the purpose of the DDP?

The DDP is meant to help people who are considered at risk for high-risk alcohol and drug choices to learn how to avoid those behaviors. The program includes classroom sessions, as well as other possible services.

What are the classroom requirements?

People in the DDP go through 16 hours of classroom sessions. This is done over a 7-week period. Missing class is one of the reasons why a participant can be dropped from the program. For some participants, the program is over when they are done with classroom sessions. For those who are referred for other treatment or evaluations, the program won't end until those requirements are completed.

Who is referred for treatment or evaluations?

There are several points that might lead someone to be referred for treatment or evaluation. Participants can request a referral. The self-inventory information, coming to class intoxicated, getting another alcohol-related violation while in the program or having a prior conviction for DUI or DWI might lead to a referral.

It is important that you fully understand the DDP if you are entering into it. Since the program is voluntary, you should make sure that you get answers to your questions prior to paying the program fee to the DMV. Successfully completing the program means that you might be able to get your driver's license reinstated.

Source: New York Department of Motor Vehicles, "About the Drinking Driver Program," accessed May. 21, 2015

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