Canadian Policing Research Catalogue

Best practices : treatment and rehabilitation for driving while impaired offenders.

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Canadian Policing Research



Alternate Title

Meilleures pratiques : traitement et réadaptation des contrevenants dans les cas de conduite avec facultés affaiblies.




Includes bibliographical references (p. 89-98).


1 online resource (vii, 99 pages)


"Health Canada would like to thank the technical team for this project that was led by Alan C. Ogborne, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and comprised of: Virginia Carver, private consultant; Robert Mann, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; and Douglas J. Beirness, Traffic Injury Research Foundation. Various other CCSA staff supported this project: Gilles Strasbourg conducted the French interviews; Nina Frey and Manon Blouin conducted document search and acquisition respectively; Gilles Strasbourg and Richard Garlick edited the French and English reports respectively; Susan Rosidi oversaw the development of the inventory of driving while impaired (DWI) programs; and Gary Roberts managed the overall project. Appreciation is expressed to the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Working Group on Accountability and Evaluation Framework and Research Agenda (ADTR Working Group) for their support and guidance in developing this project, and the key informants for generously giving their time."
Issued also in French under title: Meilleures pratiques : traitement et réadaptation des contrevenants dans les cas de conduite avec facultés affaiblies.
This publication may be reproduced, in whole or in part, for educational and non-commercial purposes, without permission provided the source is fully acknowledged. ©All Rights Reserved. Best Practices : treatment and rehabilitation for driving while impaired offenders. Health Canada, 2004. Reproduced with permission from the Minister of Health, 2014.


The aim of this report is to bring together current knowledge on the planning and delivery of driving while impaired (DWI) remedial programs (i.e. education programs and treatment and rehabilitation programs). There is now a reasonably extensive literature concerning remedial programs for impaired driving offenders and good scientific evidence for their general effectiveness. The research reviewed and the experts consulted in the preparation of this report point to a number of practices that contribute to effectiveness; where the evidence warrants, these practices have been identified as best practices, and are as follows: remedial education and treatment programs, different types of remedial interventions for different types of DWI offenders, identification issues, programs that combine treatment with other measures, when DWI offenders are not processed through the courts, governance and training issues, relationships between DWI programs and licensing authorities, payment structures, program evaluation and research.


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