Hardcore drunk drivers are those who drive with a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or above or who do so repeatedly, as demonstrated by having more than one impaired driving arrest, and who are highly resistant to changing their behavior despite previous sanctions, treatment or education.
Hardcore drunk drivers are responsible for 70% of all drunk driving fatalities and are 380 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash. Drivers with blood alcohol concentration levels in excess of .15 are only one percent of all drivers on weekend nights; however, they are involved in nearly 50% of all fatal crashes during that time.
The National Hardcore Drunk Driving Project advocates a comprehensive approach that includes swift identification, certain punishment, and effective treatment as the most effective strategy to reduce hardcore drunk driving. The Combating Hardcore Drunk Driving sourcebook, now in its third edition, and the Coalition to Fight Hardcore Drunk Driving are the main components of this long-standing initiative.
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