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Impaired Driving 

An "impaired driver" is one who operates a motor vehicle while affected by alcohol and/or other drugs, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, or illicit substances.

Programs receiving grant funding in this priority area are focused on four major program related categories:buzzed driving is drunk driving

  1. Prevention: Education and Enforcement programs aimed at deterring impaired driving.

  2. Criminal Justice System Support: Enforcement of DUI Laws, Training for Prosecution and Adjudication of DUI offenders, and Administrative Sanctions and Driver Licenses Programs.

  3. Communication: Public awareness and education activities targeting at risk demographics and geographic locations.

  4. Alcohol and other drug use: Screening, Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation: DUI Courts and counseling services.

Impaired Driving Countermeasures Grants

The following are what 405-D Impaired Driving Countermeasures Grants funding can reimburse:

  • High Visibility Enforcement efforts (HVE) - Overtime programs

    • Equipment and related expenditures used in connection with impaired driving enforcement in accordance with criteria established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (*see below for examples)

  • Court support of high visibility enforcement efforts

  • Training and education of criminal justice professionals to assist such professionals in handling impaired driving cases

    • Standardized Field Sobriety Training (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Evaluation (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)

  • Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP)

  • Judicial Outreach Liaisons (JOL)

  • Establishing DUI courts

  • Alcohol ignition interlock programs (IID)

  • Improving blood alcohol concentration testing and reporting

  • Paid and earned media in support of high visibility enforcement efforts

  • Training on the use of alcohol screening and brief intervention

  • Developing impaired driving information systems

  • Costs associated with a 24-7 sobriety program

*Items eligible for funding under this category may include: Alcohol testing equipment, in-car video systems, public awareness materials, DUI checkpoint equipment (including trailers, light towers, traffic cones, arrow boards, and generators).

All program areas funded with grant funds are required to have an evaluation method that will allow assessment of the funded program's level of success in reducing fatalities and injuries.

Impaired Driving Countermeasures

drive sober or get pulled overThe Alcohol-Impaired Driving Countermeasure Incentive Grant Program was initially authorized by the Omnibus Drug Initiative of 1989 and has been reauthorized and amended a number of times since. The program is administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the federal level and the State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) at the state level.

This program provides incentive grants to to reduce traffic safety problems resulting from impaired driving.




Florida DUI Challenge Vehicle

2014 Florida DUI Challenge Award Vehicle

Impaired Driving Resources and Links
The Florida Impaired Driving Coalition meeting will be: Monday, 6/22/15 at 1pm and Tuesday, 6/23/15 at 8:30am at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Training Facility.

Florida DUI Assessment Final Report
2012 NHTSA Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fact Sheet 2011 NHTSA Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fact Sheet
Office of National Drug Control - Drugged Driving 2013 Countermeasures That Work
Low-Staffing Sobriety Checkpoint Ignition Interlocks - What You Need To Know

For more information contact Kira Houge @ (850) 414-4207