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How DUI offenders in Pennsylvania can benefit from DUI court

With less than a week before Christmas, our readers likely know that the public efforts on drunk driving prevention are in full swing. Additional patrols will be in force during the weekend, and more public safety advertisements will be seen on television. Indeed, we support these efforts because prevention is the key in limiting drunk driving accidents (and thus saving lives), but we also believe that DUI courts have not received the recognition deserved for their roles in changing the culture of DUI enforcement in Pennsylvania.

Essentially, deterring repeat drunk drivers has been a burgeoning problem as research suggests that stiffer financial penalties and the specter of increased jail time has not resonated with hard core offenders. This is especially important given the likelihood of crashes being caused by such drivers. According to DWI Courts.org, more repeat offenders are involved in fatal accidents and pose a greater risk to the general public.

This is where the relative success of DUI courts comes in. By focusing on treatment and correcting destructive behavior, DUI courts have played an important part in stemming the number of fatal accidents caused by drunk driving. As reported by BusinessInsider.com, the number of such accidents dropped by 2.5 percent last year.

But perhaps the most important characteristic of drunk driving courts is the focus on praising offenders for completing incremental steps that will eventually lead to lifestyle changes. This also contributes to the reduction in repeat offenses, which is the hallmark for all DUI court programs.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving, chances are that you may be referred DUI court. If so, an experienced attorney can advise you on what to expect.

Source: Business Insider.com, DWI courts are working, December 16, 2012

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