Friday, September 28, 2012

NHTSA Publishes Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring Case Studies

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a new report that provides a comprehensive look at transdermal alcohol monitoring programs in six jurisdictions across the country. The report, Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring: Case Studies, is part of NHTSA’s Impaired driving program and follows a report on Ignition Interlock Case Studies.

Each case study looks at the program’s profile, history, funding, benefits, and any strengths, problems, or barriers. The jurisdictions in the study include:

  • The City and County of Denver Electronic Monitoring Program
  • The 23rd Judicial Circuit of Jefferson County, Missouri
  • The Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Probation Administration
  • The New York 8th Judicial District Hybrid DWI Court
  • The North Dakota Attorney General 24/7 Sobriety Program
  • Wisconsin Community Services

NHTSA summarized, “Information from these six case studies revealed that: a) use of transdermal alcohol monitoring of DWI offenders is increasing; b) transdermal alcohol monitoring appears to reliably monitor alcohol use by offenders and thus is beneficial to officials; c) transdermal-monitoring devices appear not to have any insurmountable problems.”